Romanus II

Romanus 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. His reign was marked by the brilliant victories of Nicephorus Phocas over the Arabs.
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The second covers the reign of Basil I (867-886), and the third begins with Leo VI (886-912) and continues to Romanus II (959-963), in whose reign the text breaks off in AD 961 with the loss of a final folio at the end of the manuscript.
Chinyere OE, Romanus II, Collins ON, Okorol N, Anthonia OE.
Further, I plan to scrutinize this event not only in relation to Byzantine historiological mores, but also in relation to Porphyrogenitus' own historical and familial situation, especially that of his son Romanus II, for whom this didactic work was intended.
(40) As has been outlined in the introduction, its immediate target audience was Porphyrogenitus' son Romanus II, to whom scholars believe the work was gifted in 952 CE when he was only fourteen years old.
In relation to the lessons set out for Romanus II in de Administrando, we must note that such 'Turks' remain one of the ruler's greatest concerns for his own and his son's empire's immediate future, along with the indomitable hordes of nomadic Turkic Pechnegs.
In the same way, the lesson of internal solidarity and its failure inherent in Porphyrogenitus' description of Moravia's fable would also seem to possess a very immediate relevance to the infighting and competition for the throne that coloured the history of Porphyrogenitus' own family's rule and the state his son Romanus II was soon to inherit.
(58) Thus, it would appear only reasonable that these misfortunes and intrigues should be very much present in Porphyrogenitus' mind as he prepared the de Administrando and its Moravian fable to teach his son Romanus II the value of good rulership and internal stability.
Equally, scholars believe that Romanus II had been appointed successor at six years old in 946 CE, only just after his father had managed to finally gain the throne independently in 945 CE.