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Constantine VII

(Constantine Porphyrogenitus), 905–59, Byzantine emperor (913–59). He acceded after the brief reign of his uncle Alexander, who succeeded Constantine's father, Leo VILeo VI
(Leo the Wise or Leo the Philosopher), 862?–912, Byzantine emperor (886–912), son and successor of Basil I. He added to the work of his father by the publication (887–93) of the Basilica, a modernization of the law of Justinian I and of canon law.
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. A regency (913–20) was followed by the rule (920–44) of the usurper Romanus IRomanus I
(Romanus Lecapenus), d. 948, Byzantine emperor (920–44). An admiral, he usurped the throne during the minority of his son-in-law, Constantine VII. He defended Constantinople against the Bulgars under Simeon I and in 927 made peace with Simeon's son.
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. In 945, Constantine expelled the sons of Romanus and began his personal rule. His main interests lay in legal reforms, in the fair redistribution of land among the peasants, and in the encouragement of art and learning. He was succeeded by his son, Romanus IIRomanus II,
939–63, Byzantine emperor (959–63), son and successor of Constantine VII. A profligate, he came under the domination of his second wife, Theophano. She, along with the eunuch Joseph Bringus, ruled the empire.
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See study by A. Toynbee (1973).

Constantine VII

known as Porphyrogenitus. 905--59 ad, Byzantine emperor (913--59) and scholar: his writings are an important source for Byzantine history
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The Christianization of ancient ceremonies is of course almost as old as Christianity itself, and is covered by Averil Cameron in her treatment of the Byzantine Book of Ceremonies, court ritual compiled by the Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, a tenth century sovereign whose very name tells us how conscious he was that he had been born in the purple.

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