Constantine VII


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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).

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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 central figure in this revival (perhaps more as a result of imperial propaganda than of actual contribution) was the learned emperor Constantine VII (944-959) under whose auspices a number of works were created dealing with the imperial ceremonies, the administrative division of the empire and a secret manual of governance addressed to his son.
The eleven Heothina, linked to the cycle of eleven Resurrection Gospel texts read on Sundays, are attributed to the Emperor Leo VI, while the eleven Sunday Exaposteilaria are usually attributed to his son, Constantine VII; but whereas the Heothina are found in practically all copies of the medieval Sticherarion as part of the 'Standard Abridged Version' of it, the Exaposteilaria are almost unknown in medieval musical sources.

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