Person:Constantine VII (1)

Constantine VII "Porphyrogenitos" , Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
b.2 Sep 0905 Constantinople
d.9 Nov 0959 Constantinople
m. 9 Jan 906
  1. Constantine VII "Porphyrogenitos" , Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
  • HConstantine VII "Porphyrogenitos" , Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
  • WHelena Lekapene
m. 27 Apr 0919
  1. Romanos II , Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
  2. Theodora , daughter of Constantine VII
  3. Zoe
  4. Agatha
  5. Theofano
  6. Anna
Facts and Events
Name Constantine VII "Porphyrogenitos" , Emperor of the Byzantine Empire
Alt Name Konstantinos
Gender Male
Birth[1] 2 Sep 0905 ConstantinopleHouse of Macedonians
Marriage 27 Apr 0919 Constantinopleto Helena Lekapene
Death[1] 9 Nov 0959 Constantinople
Reference Number? Q41608?
Burial[2] ConstantinopleChurch of the Holy Apostles

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Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos or Porphyrogenitus ("the Purple-born", that is, born in the porphyry (a hard, purple-colored, decorative stone) paneled imperial bed chambers; ; 17–18 May 905 – 9 November 959) was the fourth Emperor of the Macedonian dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, reigning from 913 to 959. He was the son of the emperor Leo VI and his fourth wife, Zoe Karbonopsina, and the nephew of his predecessor, the emperor Alexander.

Most of his reign was dominated by co-regents: from 913 until 919 he was under the regency of his mother, while from 920 until 945 he shared the throne with Romanos Lekapenos, whose daughter Helena he married, and his sons. Constantine VII is best known for his four books, De Administrando Imperio (bearing in Greek the heading Πρὸς τὸν ἴδιον υἱὸν Ῥωμανόν), De Ceremoniis (Περὶ τῆς Βασιλείου Τάξεως), De Thematibus (Περὶ θεμάτων Άνατολῆς καὶ Δύσεως), and Vita Basilii (Βίος Βασιλείου).

His nickname alludes to the Purple Room of the imperial palace, decorated with porphyry, where legitimate children of reigning emperors were normally born. Constantine was also born in this room, although his mother Zoe had not been married to Leo at that time. Nevertheless, the epithet allowed him to underline his position as the legitimized son, as opposed to all others who claimed the throne during his lifetime. Sons born to a reigning Emperor held precedence in the Eastern Roman line of succession over elder sons not born "in the purple".

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  2. KONSTANTINOS, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.