[21], Zoë and Michael were married on the same day that Romanos III died. Gregory VII restricted the use of the title of “Pope” to the Roman bishop. Constantine and Zoë rejected the idea out of hand when it was revealed that the intended groom, Henry, the son of Conrad II, was only ten years old. Henry IV challenged Pope Gregory VII’s right to name bishops in the empire by deposing and replacing the bishop of … Romanos tolerated these and took a mistress himself. Her father ascended the Byzantine throne as Constantine VIII. In 945, Constantine expelled the sons of Romanus and began his personal rule. [13], Spending years in the same restrictive quarters with her sister, Zoë had come to loathe Theodora. After a two-month joint reign Zoë married a former lover who was installed as Constantine IX, transferring power to him, However, she continued to rule the empire as the heir to the empire and the emperor's wife as the Byzantine empress. Hearing the rumours, Romanos was concerned and confronted Michael, but he denied the accusations. [44] Not content with bringing her to court, he insisted that he be allowed to publicly share his life with her, and that she obtain some official recognition. In a sense, Otto I was the successor to both Constantine and Charlemagne. Succeeding his brother, Atticus II, Constantine VII led the Frankish Empire through a difficult era of economic and sociological chaos following the First Viking Wars. [41] After two months of increasing acrimony, Zoë decided to search for a new husband – thereby denying Theodora the opportunity to increase her influence. [13], Spending years in the same restrictive quarters with her sister, Zoë had come to loathe Theodora. She was the second daughter of Constantine VIII and his wife Helena. [21] Matthew of Edessa's account has Zoë poisoning Romanos. [47], It is said that Zoë was stunningly beautiful, and Michael Psellos in his Chronographia commented that "every part of her was firm and in good condition". In the event she was carried forcibly back to the capital. [21] On 11 April Romanos was found dying in his bath. Romanos succeeded Constantine VII as sole emperor upon the latter's death in 959. Constantine VII and the Historical Geography of Empire, Paul Magdalino 2. Mar 14, 2013 - Sisinnius Papacy began 15 January 708 Papacy ended 4 February 708 Predecessor John VII Successor Constantine Personal details Birth name ??? Michael IV was concerned about Zoë turning on him the way she had turned on Romanos,[25] so he excluded Zoë from politics by placing all power in the hands of his brother, the eunuch John the Orphanotrophos. His brief reign is said to have been "an unmitigated disaster", sparking "a collapse of the military power of the Empire". [21] On 11 April Romanos was found dying in his bath. [18] Romanos limited his wife's spending and paid her little attention. Zoë (zō`ē), c.978–1050, Byzantine empress (1028–50), daughter and successor of Constantine VIII.Zoë was first married when she was 50 years old at the request of her father to insure stability in the empire. [41], Zoë then remembered the handsome and urbane[41] Constantine Monomachos, another former lover. [25] The disgruntled empress conspired against John but in vain. [6] Zoë convinced Romanos to appoint one of his own men as the chief of Theodora's household, with orders to spy on her. [41] Zoë was still jealous of Theodora and had no desire to administer the empire; but she would not allow Theodora to conduct public business alone. Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos or Porphyrogenitus, "the Purple-born" ([Κωνσταντίνος Ζ΄ Πορφυρογέννητος, Kōnstantinos VII Porphyrogennētos] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup ), (September 2, 905 – November 9, 959) was the son of the Byzantine emperor Leo VI and his fourth wife Zoe Karbonopsina. [5][49] Zoë died on 11 June 1050 aged 72.[50]. As he had no sons, Constantine hoped to continue the dynasty by marrying off one of his daughters. Constantius II. Zoë was Porphyrogenita,[2] "born into the purple"; this was the appellation for a child born in the capital to a reigning emperor. He is sometimes referred to as Constantine XII, based on the erroneous idea that Constantine Lascaris was crowned in 1204. Basil died in 1025 when Zoë was 47. Reign December 15, 1025 – November 11, 1028 Full name Constantine VIII) Predecessor Basil II Successor Romanos Argyros. Garland, Lynda. CONSTANTINE VIII 1025AD Gold Ancient Byzantine Coin w JESUS CHRIST NGC AU i84780. [11] Consequently, Constantine VIII chose Zoë to be Romanos's wife. (John Palaeologus), 1390–1448, Byzantine emperor (1425–48), son and successor of Manuel II. [33] At an assembly in Hagia Sophia the people escorted a furious Theodora and proclaimed her empress along with Zoë. Constantine VI, (born 770—died after Aug. 15, 797), Byzantine emperor from 780 to 797, grandson of Constantine V.. At 10 years of age Constantine succeeded his father, Leo IV, under the guardianship of his mother, Irene.It was during her regency that the seventh ecumenical Council of Nicaea (787) reestablished the veneration of icons. [2], When Basil II died, Constantine VIII took the throne. Names: 7 August 317: Flavius Julius Constantius; 8 November 324: Flavius Julius Constantius Caesar; 9 September 337: Flavius Julius Constantius Augustus 3 November 361: natural death Successor of: Constantine I the Great Relatives: Constantine XI (Constantine Palaeologus), d. 1453, last Byzantine emperor (1449–53), brother and successor of John VIII John VIII (John Palaeologus), 1390–1448, Byzantine emperor (1425–48), son and successor of Manuel II. Michael IV was concerned about Zoë turning on him the way she had turned on Romanos,[25] so he excluded Zoë from politics by placing all power in the hands of his brother, the eunuch John the Orphanotrophos. The first potential match was the distinguished noble Constantine Dalassenos, the former dux of Antioch. [20] In 1033 Zoë became enamoured of a low-born servant called Michael. Eight years later, Zoë died aged 72. [31] This treatment of the legitimate heir to the Macedonian Dynasty caused a popular uprising in Constantinople. She initially guaranteed Michael's safety, but then ordered him to be blinded and to spend the rest of his life as a monk. His writings are one of the best sources of information on the Byzantine Empire and neighbouring areas. [5] He proceeded to crown Michael as the new emperor of the Romans, to reign as Michael IV until his death in 1041. Free shipping . By the rules of the Orthodox Church her next marriage, her third, was the last she was permitted. A gold Byzantine nomisma coin depicting Emperor Constantine VII (r. 945-959 CE) and his son and successor Romanos II (r. 959-963 CE). He was the son of Leo VI the Sophos and Zoe. He was a pleasure-loving man who allowed the administration to fall into the hands of others. By the rules of the Orthodox Church her next marriage, her third, was the last she was permitted. His death has been variously attributed to Zoë, her young lover, or both. As he had no sons, Constantine hoped to continue the dynasty by marrying off one of his daughters. Miscellaneous Edit Today, Tsimiski Street , the main commercial road in the center of Thessaloniki , … In 1041, Zoë was persuaded to adopt her dying husband's nephew, Michael Kalaphates. Zoë was Porphyrogenita, "born into the purple"; this was the appellation for a child born in the capital to a reigning emperor. Constantine VIII had been crowned with his brother by their father in 962, when he was still an infant. [48] Zoë recognised her own beauty and its use as a tool of statecraft. Constantine’s rule began with a series of regencies: first by his mother, Zoe, whose councilors were selfish and avaricious, and then Romanus Lecapenus , an admiral of the navy who was initially appointed as “guardian of the emperor” but came to be elevated as full Augustus himself. [23][24], Although Zoë believed Michael would prove to be a more devoted husband than Romanos, she was mistaken. [44] Not content with bringing her to court, he insisted that he be allowed to publicly share his life with her, and that she obtain some official recognition. In practice Theodora was the driving force behind the joint administration. Constantine's position improved after he married his second wife, a niece of Emperor Romanos III Argyros. [2], When Basil II died, Constantine VIII took the throne. He was brought for an audience before the Empress, but during their conversation his independent and forceful manner displeased Zoe, and he was dismissed from her presence. The court began to split, with factions forming behind each empress. [48] Zoë recognised her own beauty and its use as a tool of statecraft. Michael V, desperate to keep his throne, brought Zoë back from Principus and displayed her to the people,[32] but his insistence that he continue to rule alongside her was in vain. Gregory VII restricted the use of the title of “Pope” to the Roman bishop. [16], Zoë was obsessed with continuing the Macedonian dynasty. Psellus reports that her face looked youthful into her sixties. [19], Zoë, furious and frustrated, engaged in a number of affairs. Michael V, desperate to keep his throne, brought Zoë back from Principus and displayed her to the people,[32] but his insistence that he continue to rule alongside her was in vain. [41] After two months of increasing acrimony, Zoë decided to search for a new husband – thereby denying Theodora the opportunity to increase her influence. Ring 962 – 15 December 1025 (co-emperor) 15 December 1025 – 11 November 1028 (sole emperor) [20] The pair were married on 11 June 1042, without the participation of Patriarch Alexios, who refused to officiate over a third marriage (for both spouses). Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, also called Constantine Vii Flavius Porphyrogenitus, (born September 905, Constantinople [now Istanbul, Tur. In practice Theodora was the driving force behind the joint administration. [36], Zoë immediately assumed power and tried to force Theodora back to her monastery, but the Senate and the people demanded that the sisters should jointly reign. Ruling with Theodora and Constantine IX: 1042–1050. Constantine was born in 718 CE as the son and successor to Emperor Leo III, a Syrian diplomat under Justinian II who had gone on to found the Isaurian dynasty which lasted until 802 CE. Italics indicates a junior co-emperor, while underlining indicates a usurper. Zoë, aged 50, was married to Romanos Argyros. يرجى إيراد مصادر موثوق بها. They were married on the same day as the supposed murder, and he was crowned Emperor Michael IV on the following day. [40], Theodora and Zoë appeared together at meetings of the Senate and gave public audiences, but it was soon apparent that their joint reign was under strain. [3] Another opportunity for Zoë to marry arose in 1028, when an embassy from the Holy Roman Empire arrived in Constantinople with a proposal for an imperial marriage. [5], Her preference was for Constantine Dalassenos, who had been her father's first choice as her husband back in 1028. When he acceded, the Byzantine Empire had been reduced by the Turks to the city of Constantinople. [11][12] Zoe and Romanos married on 10 November 1028 in the imperial chapel of the palace. [20] According to court official and later chronicler Michael Psellus some of his retinue had "held his head for a long time beneath the water, attempting at the same time to strangle him". Zoë Porphyrogenita (Greek: Ζωή Πορφυρογέννητη Medieval Greek: [zo'i] "life"; c. 978 – 11 June 1050) was Byzantine Empress from 11 November 1028 until her death in 1050. [17] This failure to conceive helped alienate the couple, and soon Romanos refused to share the marriage bed with her. Inferno 19 boasts a high style marked by many apostrophes — including the canto opening — and much metaphoric language; the prostituting of the Church-bride by her Pope-bridegroom picks up and metaphorizes the sexualized language of Inferno 18; reference to the capital punishment of propaginazzione in verses 49-51; see the Commento on Inferno 27 for discussion of the historical … [20] The pair were married on 11 June 1042, without the participation of Patriarch Alexios, who refused to officiate over a third marriage (for both spouses). She was forcibly tonsured and sworn into a religious order. [3] Her father became co-emperor, at the age of two, in 962. [40], Theodora and Zoë appeared together at meetings of the Senate and gave public audiences, but it was soon apparent that their joint reign was under strain. A gold Byzantine nomisma coin depicting Emperor Constantine VII (r. 945-959 CE) and his son and successor Romanos II (r. 959-963 CE). [6], As an eligible imperial princess Zoë was considered a possible bride for the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto III, in 996. Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos or Porphyrogenitus, "the Purple-born" ([Κωνσταντίνος Ζ΄ Πορφυρογέννητος, Kōnstantinos VII Porphyrogennētos] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup ), (September 2, 905 – November 9, 959) was the son of the Byzantine emperor Leo VI and his fourth wife Zoe Karbonopsina. [45] The 64-year-old Zoë did not object to sharing her bed and her throne with Skleraina. [20] He died under mysterious circumstances a few days before the wedding was to take place, possibly poisoned by his own soon to be ex-wife. Constantine XI (Constantine Palaeologus), d. 1453, last Byzantine emperor (1449–53), brother and successor of John VIII John VIII (John Palaeologus), 1390–1448, Byzantine emperor (1425–48), son and successor of Manuel II. She operated a cosmetics laboratory in her rooms in the palace, where perfumes and unguents were constantly being prepared. Constantine XI. Zoë, aged 50, was married to Romanos Argyros. The next day Constantine died and the newly-weds were seated on the imperial throne. Constantine VIII (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 – 11 November 1028) was reigning Byzantine Emperor from 15 December 1025 until his death in 1028. [43], Zoë got more than she bargained for when Constantine decided to bring with him to his new station his long-standing mistress Maria Skleraina. The sisters proceeded to administer the empire, focusing on curbing the sale of public offices and on the administration of justice. Constantine was only seven years old when assuming the throne. [16], Zoë was obsessed with continuing the Macedonian dynasty. [50], Ruling with Theodora and Constantine IX: 1042–1050, Last edited on 22 December 2020, at 18:07. [38], Officially Zoë was the senior empress, and her throne was situated slightly in front of Theodora's on all public occasions. Constantine VIII Porphyrogenitus (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 - 11 November 1028) was de jure Byzantine Emperor from 962 until his death. They took the throne the next day on her father's death. [38], Officially Zoë was the senior empress, and her throne was situated slightly in front of Theodora's on all public occasions. [7] A second embassy sent in 1001, headed by Arnulf II, Archbishop of Milan,[8] was tasked with selecting Otto's bride from among Constantine's three daughters. Zoë, aged 50, was married to Romanos Argyros. He was the younger son of Emperor Romanos II and Empress Theophano. [45] The 64-year-old Zoë did not object to sharing her bed and her throne with Skleraina. True False 8. Showing Basil and his brother and successor Emperor Constantine VIII. She used magic charms, amulets, and potions, all without effect. Constantine VIII Porphyrogenitus (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 - 11 November 1028) was de jure Byzantine Emperor from 962 until his death. Zoe Porphyrogenita (wife of Romanus III, Constantine IX, and Michael IV), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zoë_Porphyrogenita&oldid=995749297, Burials at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 December 2020, at 18:07. Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos (913-959) Romanos Lekapenos(919-944) Constantine VII. After a two-month joint reign Zoë married a former lover who was installed as Constantine IX, transferring power to him, However, she continued to rule the empire as the heir to the empire and the emperor's wife as the Byzantine empress. Constantine VIII (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 – 11 November 1028) was the Byzantine Emperor from 15 December 1025 until his death in 1028. [39] Although contemporary historian Michael Psellus claimed the joint reign was a complete failure, John Scylitzes stated that they were very conscientious in rectifying the abuses of the previous reigns. She flaunted her lover openly and spoke about making him emperor. [5] Consequently, Zoë lived a life of virtual obscurity in the imperial gynaeceum (women's quarters) for many years. Born in May, 905 g. + November 959 g. * * * The fate of Constantine from the very beginning was not so easy. Garland, Lynda. Her father ascended the Byzantine throne as Constantine VIII. [5] Consequently, Zoë lived a life of virtual obscurity in the imperial gynaeceum (women's quarters) for many years. [22] Although he initially refused to co-operate, the payment of 50 pounds of gold helped change his mind. [17] This failure to conceive helped alienate the couple, and soon Romanos refused to share the marriage bed with her. Constantine XI (Constantine Palaeologus), d. 1453, last Byzantine emperor (1449–53), brother and successor of John VIII John VIII (John Palaeologus), 1390–1448, Byzantine empe [9] The emperor's advisors preferred a weak ruler whom they could control and they persuaded him to reject Dalassenos after he had already been summoned to the capital. [29][30], Although he had pledged to respect Zoë, Michael V promptly banished her to a monastery on Principus, an island in the Sea of Marmara, on charges of attempted regicide. [9] The emperor's advisors preferred a weak ruler whom they could control and they persuaded him to reject Dalassenos after he had already been summoned to the capital. The next day Constantine died and the newly-weds were seated on the imperial throne. Accustomed to a life of religious contemplation Theodora rejected them and sought sanctuary in the convent chapel. [2] In January 1002 she accompanied Arnulf back to Italy, only to discover when the ship reached Bari that Otto had died, forcing her to return home. Of noble family, he was a prefect of Constantinople when he was compelled by the dying emperor, Constantine VIII, to marry his daughter Zoe and to become his successor. Successor Constantine II, Constantius II and Constans Wife/wives Minervina, died or divorced before 307 Fausta Dynasty Constantinian ... Optatus, Libri VII de Schismate Donatistarum (Seven Books on the Schism of the Donatists) first edition ca. [15] Zoë accused her of being part of the conspiracy, and Theodora was forcibly confined in the monastery of Petrion. Romanos III Argyros(Greek: Ρωμανός Γ΄ Αργυρός; 968 – 11 April 1034), or Romanus III Argyrus, was Byzantine Emperorfrom 15 November 1028 until his death. [19], In early 1034 Romanos became ill and it was widely believed that Zoë and Michael were conspiring to have him poisoned. Nicholas Mystikos, Patriarch of Constantinople was the principal regent until March 914. Emperor Constantine, the last emperor of the Byzantine Empire. Constantine VII (19 November 843-3 April 879) was the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire and the Frankish Empire from 21 of December to his death in 879. Basil died in 1025 when Zoë was 47. 7. Constantine VIII Flavius Porphyrogenitus (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 – 11 November 1028) was de jure Byzantine Emperor from 962 until his death. ... One Exarch excused himself from this task, but his successor carried it out in 653. 385. Constantine VII, like his father Leo VI, was “born in the purple” or porphyrogennetos.The phrase derived from the porphyry, a rare purple-laced marble, that was used in the chamber of the palace at Constantinople where Leo's birth, and many subsequent ones, took place. [5], Her preference was for Constantine Dalassenos, who had been her father's first choice as her husband back in 1028. In fact, the gold coin standard would endure until the end of the long-lasting Byzantine Empire, and even after that, other nations in Europe would copy that method long afterward. [4] His brother Basil II, the senior co-ruler, prevented his nieces from marrying any of the Byzantine nobility, as this would have given their husbands a claim on the imperial throne. He succeeded his father Constantine VII in 959 at the age of twenty-one and died suddenly in 963. [6] Zoë convinced Romanos to appoint one of his own men as the chief of Theodora's household, with orders to spy on her. [39] Although contemporary historian Michael Psellus claimed the joint reign was a complete failure, John Scylitzes stated that they were very conscientious in rectifying the abuses of the previous reigns. He was brought for an audience before the Empress, but during their conversation his independent and forceful manner displeased Zoe, and he was dismissed from her presence. She was forcibly tonsured and sworn into a religious order. Constantine II was the first king of Alba, he ruled from the year 900 until his abdication in 943.He was the son of Áed, king of Scots who ruled from 877-878. 43807129, citing Church of the Holy Apostles, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey ; Maintained by Find A Grave . [15] Zoë accused her of being part of the conspiracy, and Theodora was forcibly confined in the monastery of Petrion. [47] The mob was only quieted by the appearance on a balcony of Zoë and Theodora, who reassured the people that they were not in any danger of assassination. Constantine VIII (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Η΄, Kōnstantinos VIII) (960 – 11 November 1028) was the Byzantine Emperor from 15 December 1025 until his death in 1028. [20] According to court official and later chronicler Michael Psellus some of his retinue had "held his head for a long time beneath the water, attempting at the same time to strangle him". [5] The next day they summoned the Patriarch Alexios I to officiate at the coronation of the new emperor. [5], In the eyes of the public however, Constantine IX's preferential treatment of Skleraina was a scandal, and eventually rumours began to spread that Skleraina was planning to murder Zoë, and possibly Theodora. Psellus reports that her face looked youthful into her sixties. [47], It is said that Zoë was stunningly beautiful, and Michael Psellos in his Chronographia commented that "every part of her was firm and in good condition". Her husband, Romanus III Romanus III (Romanus Argyrus) , c.968–1034, Byzantine emperor (1028–34). [5] The next day they summoned the Patriarch Alexios I to officiate at the coronation of the new emperor. She used magic charms, amulets, and potions, all without effect. He was succeeded by his ward and nephew, Basil II, who had been nominal co-emperor since 960. The sisters proceeded to administer the empire, focusing on curbing the sale of public offices and on the administration of justice. Her father ascended the Byzantine throne as Constantine VIII. [20] In 1033 Zoë became enamoured of a low-born servant called Michael. He was a Byzantine noble and senior official in Constantinoplewhen the dying Constantine VIIIforced him to … His death has been variously attributed to Zoë, her young lover, or both. His main interests lay in legal reforms, in the fair redistribution of land among the peasants, and in the encouragement of art and learning. In 336, religious unrest in Armenia and tense relations between Constantine and king Shapur II caused war to break out between Rome and Sassanid Persia. Constantine VII, called Porphyrogennetos because he was born "in the purple" to a reigning emperor, was Roman Emperor and Caliph of Islam from 912 to 959. Romanos (or Romanus) II (Greek: Ρωμανός Β΄, Rōmanos II) (938 – 15 March 963) was a Byzantine Emperor. As women they were unable to exercise any state authority; their only say in this was in choosing, or more likely accepting or not, a husband who would acquire their authority upon marriage. [19], Zoë, furious and frustrated, engaged in a number of affairs. [43] On the following day Constantine was formally proclaimed emperor together with Zoë and Theodora. [5] Almost immediately upon marrying Romanos the fifty-year-old Zoë tried desperately to become pregnant. (Cplakidas / Public Domain ) Theodosius I , his successor, went a step further and made Christianity the official religion of the state, setting in motion a new era of history. Skleraina was given the title of sebaste, ranking behind Zoë and Theodora, and was addressed as mistress or empress, like them. [41] Her next choice was the married Constantine Atroklines, a court official with whom it was rumoured that she had had an affair during the reign of Romanos III. His reign as sole emperor lasted less than three years, from 15 December 1025 to 11 November 1028. [26] Zoë was confined again to the palace gynaeceum, and kept under strict surveillance. [27] Eager to ensure that power remained in his hands, John the Eunuch forced Zoë to adopt Michael, the son of his and Michael IV's sister. [21], Zoë and Michael were married on the same day that Romanos III died. Henry IV challenged Pope Gregory VII’s right to name bishops in the empire by deposing and replacing the bishop of … [25] The disgruntled empress conspired against John but in vain. [27] Eager to ensure that power remained in his hands, John the Eunuch forced Zoë to adopt Michael, the son of his and Michael IV's sister. Porfirogenet Constantine VII (Porphyrogenitus) - Byzantine emperor of the Macedonian dynasty, who ruled in 908-959 years. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Constantine VII (2 Sep 905–9 Nov 959), Find a Grave Memorial no. (en) 25بك المحتوى هنا ينقصه الاستشهاد بمصادر. Once Michael V became emperor, he promptly exiled Zoë. [18] Romanos limited his wife's spending and paid her little attention. In a sense, Otto I was the successor to both Constantine and Charlemagne. In the event she was carried forcibly back to the capital. $5,198.80. [33], A delegation headed by Patrician Constantine Cabasilas[34] went to the monastery at Petrion to convince Theodora to become co-empress alongside her sister. Romanus III Argyrus, (born c. 968—died April 11/12, 1034), Byzantine emperor from 1028 to 1034. [4] His brother Basil II, the senior co-ruler, prevented his nieces from marrying any of the Byzantine nobility, as this would have given their husbands a claim on the imperial throne. Today, in Thessaloniki, his name was immortalized after the result of Greek-Bulgarian tensions during the Balkan Wars. [46] This led to a popular uprising by the citizens of Constantinople in 1044, which came dangerously close to actually harming Constantine who was participating in a religious procession along the streets of Constantinople. This action sparked a popular revolt which dethroned him and installed Zoë and her sister Theodora III as joint empresses. Constantine Monomachos was the son of Theodosios Monomachos, an important bureaucrat under Basil II and Constantine VIII. At some point, Theodosios had been suspected of conspiracy and his son's career suffered accordingly. [36], Zoë immediately assumed power and tried to force Theodora back to her monastery, but the Senate and the people demanded that the sisters should jointly reign. [5] Romanos Argyros, the urban prefect of Constantinople, was the next to be considered as a match. Dynasty Macedonian dynasty . ]—died Nov. 9, 959), Byzantine emperor from 913 to 959. Eight years later, Zoë died aged 72. He was succeeded by his son, Romanus II Romanus II, 939–63, Byzantine emperor (959–63), son and successor of Constantine VII. At official events Skleraina took position immediately behind the sisters. [2] In January 1002 she accompanied Arnulf back to Italy, only to discover when the ship reached Bari that Otto had died, forcing her to return home. Zoë was first married when she was 50 years old at the request of her father to insure stability in the empire. [31] This treatment of the legitimate heir to the Macedonian Dynasty caused a popular uprising in Constantinople. 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