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Doge Paoluccio Anafesto (697–717)

According to tradition, the first Doge of Venice was a man called Paoluccio (or Paolo Lucio) Anafesto. Venice at that time was part of the Byzantine Empire, ruled by the Emperor Phillipikos Bardanes, and was administered by a tribune appointed annually. 244 more words


Leo VI Was Imprisoned By His Father For Nearly Three Years Before Becoming Emperor Of Constantinople

Emperor Basil I descended from a family of Armenian refugees and grew up in Macedonia, hence his nickname, Basil the Macedonian, and the title of his dynasty—the Macedonian Dynasty. 510 more words

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Christ In The Natural World - St. Maximus The Confessor

There is in everything a general and unique mode of the obscure and intelligible unifying Spirit.

– St. Maximus

The progenitor of Byzantine contemplation, St. Maximus lived during the first half of the 7th century.   174 more words

Emir Yazman Of Tarsus And The Equine Ring Of Fire At Chrysoboullon

In the year 883, a general named Stypeiotes led an army deep into the Cilician region of Anatolia, where he intended to conquer the city of Tarsus and bring it back under the influence of Constantinople. 724 more words

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In 1162, the death of King Géza II (1141–62) presented the opportunity for Manuel I Komnenos (1143–80) to interfere in his neighbor’s realm. After a failed attempt to install an uncle of the reigning monarch, King Stephen III (1162–73), on the throne, the emperor reached a compromise whereby Géza’s youngest son Béla would live at the court in Constantinople and succeed Stephen as king. 1,118 more words



The empire reached its largest medieval territorial extent under Basil II, who is considered by many to have been the greatest Byzantine emperor. While the view of Basil as a perfect sovereign who was wise in counsel and indomitable in war is largely a function of his effective propaganda, his campaigns against Bulgaria led to the annexation of vast territories in the Balkans and carried Byzantium to the apex of its medieval prestige and glory. 971 more words


Basil II alliance with Prince Vladimir I of Kiev in 988

Basil II, called “Bulgar-Slayer” (Bulgaroktonos), he reigned from 976-1025 as the greatest of the Macedonian emperors. This was not apparent at the beginning of his long reign. 1,322 more words