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Nikephoros II Phokas
b.abt 0912
d.10 Dec 0969
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Name Nikephoros II Phokas
Alt Name[2] Nikiphoros
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 0912 House of Phokas
Occupation[2] from 945 to 954 strategose of the theme of Anatolikon
Occupation[2] from 954 to 963 domestikos ton scholon
Title (nobility)[2] 16 Aug 963 to 10 Dec 969 Emperor
Death[1] 10 Dec 0969
Other[1] Q41625?


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Nikephoros II Phokas (Latinized: Nicephorus II Phocas; , Nikēphóros II Phōkãs; – 11 December 969) was Byzantine Emperor from 963 to 969. His brilliant military exploits contributed to the resurgence of the Byzantine Empire during the 10th century. His reign, however, included controversy. In the west, he inflamed conflict with the Bulgarians and saw Sicily completely turn over to the Muslims, while he failed to make any serious gains in Italy following the incursions of Otto I. Meanwhile, in the east, he completed the conquest of Cilicia and even retook the island of Cyprus, thus opening the path for subsequent Byzantine incursions reaching as far as the Jazira and the Levant. His administrative policy was less successful, as in order to finance these wars he increased taxes both on the people and on the church, while maintaining unpopular theological positions and alienating many of his most powerful allies. These included his nephew John Tzimiskes, who would take the throne after killing Nikephoros in his sleep.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nikephoros II, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stankovic Vlada, "Nikephoros II Phokas", in Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World.