Exarchate of Africa

The Exarchate of Africa was a division of the Byzantine Empire centered around Carthage, Tunisia, that encompassed its possessions on the Western Mediterranean. Ruled by an exarch (viceroy), it was established by the Emperor Maurice in the late 580s and survived until the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb in the late 7th century. It was, along with the Exarchate of Ravenna, one of two exarchates established following the western reconquests under Emperor Justinian I to administer the territories more effectively.

Exarchate of Africa
Exarchatus Africae
Exarchate of the Byzantine Empire
591–698

Map of the Exarchate of Africa within the Byzantine Empire in AD 600.
CapitalCarthage
Historical eraEarly Middle Ages
 Foundation of Exarchate
591
 First Arab expedition
647
 Battle of Carthage (698)
698
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Praetorian prefecture of Africa
Umayyad Caliphate
Rashidun caliphate