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Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus
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(905–959) Byzantine emperor (913–959, sole rule from 945) was born to the fourth marriage of his father Leo VI, which was opposed by part of the Byzantine church (tetragamy controversy). His rule was first under the regency of the patriarch Nicholas Mysticus, later he was forced into the position of co-regent by Romanos I Lakapenos. It was not until 945 that he ruled alone. While he was not particularly significant as an emperor his politico-cultural and literary activities can hardly be overestimated. Above all he initi…

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Lilie, Ralf-Johannes, “Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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