[eunuch] Aetios or Aetius (Ἀέτιος) was a Byzantine eunuch official and one of the most trusted advisers of Byzantine empress Irene of Athens (r. 797–802). After Irene`s rise to sole rule, Aetios developed an intense rivalry with her eunuch chief minister Staurakios. After Staurakios`s death, Aetios became the leading man in the sta...
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