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Leo VI, Emperor of the East

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Leo VI, Emperor of the East

Parallel form(s) of name

  • Leo VI

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

  • Leo, the Wise
  • Leo, the Philosopher
  • Leon, VI, Emperor of the East

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Dates of existence

866 - 912


Byzantine co-emperor from 870, emperor 886 - 912. "Second son of Basil I, Leo was called the Wise or Philosopher (Dölger, Byzanz 201, n.13). An educated man who dabbled in literature, he was perceived by the next generation as a prophet and a sage. The officialdom of the capital supported him, his major counselors being Zaoutzes, the eunuch Samonas, and the eunuch Constantine; Leo sought the support of aristocratic families such as Phokas and Doukas, but also tried to keep them at bay, thus provoking serious conflicts (e.g., the revolt of Andronikos Doukas). His ecclesiastical policy was parallel: Leo was supported by patriarchs such as his brother Stephen (886–93), Zaoutzes' nominee Antony II Kauleas (893–901), and Leo's spiritual father Euthymios, whereas he deposed Photios and was in conflict with Nicholas I Mystikos, esp. over his fourth marriage..." -Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium


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US LCNAF n 90633911

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families



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This record was created by Jessica Cebra on December 1, 2015.




LCNAF: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n90633911
Kazhdan, Alexander and Anthony Cutler, "Leo VI," Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991, http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195046526.001.0001/acref-9780195046526-e-3081

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