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Romanus I

(Romanus Lecapenus), d. 948, Byzantine emperor (920–44). An admiral, he usurped the throne during the minority of his son-in-law, Constantine VIIConstantine 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 VI.
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. He defended Constantinople against the Bulgars under Simeon ISimeon I,
c.863–927, ruler (893–927) and later first czar of Bulgaria. He was placed on the throne by his father, Boris I, who had returned from a monastery to depose his first son, Vladimir (reigned 889–93), for attempting to reintroduce paganism.
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 and in 927 made peace with Simeon's son. He also tried unsuccessfully to protect peasant and military holdings from absorption into the estates of the great landowners. In 944, Romanus was overthrown by his two surviving sons, who were in turn overthown by Constantine VII.
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(7) Romanos is not an imitator of early models in the great tradition of classical mimesis which was still alive and well in other literary circles during the sixth century.
Through these different dialogues Romanos is able to characterise biblical figures.
There is one hymn which is entirely spoken in the first person, that is, by the persona which Romanos is creating.
As a preacher, Romanos is concerned to make his congregation follow this call.