Person:Nikephoros II (1)

Nikephoros II Phokas
b.Abt 912
d.10 Dec 969
  1. Nikephoros II PhokasAbt 912 - 969
  2. Leon "the Younger" PhokasEst 915 - Aft 971
  3. Konstantinos Phokas - 969
  4. Eirene Phokaina
Facts and Events
Name Nikephoros II Phokas
Alt Name[2] Nikiphoros _____
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 912 House of Phokas
Marriage to Theophano _____
Occupation[2] From 945 to 954 strategose of the theme of Anatolikon
Occupation[2] From 954 to 963 domestikos ton scholon
Title (nobility)[2] From 16 Aug 963 to 10 Dec 969 Emperor
Death[1] 10 Dec 969
Other[1] Q41625?

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Nikephoros II Phokas (; – 11 December 969), Latinized Nicephorus II Phocas, 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 islands of Crete and Cyprus, thus opening the path for subsequent Byzantine incursions reaching as far as Upper Mesopotamia and the Levant; these campaigns earned him the sobriquet "pale death of the Saracens". 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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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stankovic Vlada, "Nikephoros II Phokas", in Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World.