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CONSTANTINE VIII

( Byzantine Emperor)

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Biography CONSTANTINE VIII
Constantine VIII - Byzantine emperor of the Macedonian dynasty, who ruled in the years 963-1028. Son of Roman II. Genus. 960 g. + November 1028 Mr..
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Constantine was proclaimed emperor at age three, but the real power was only in 1025, on the seventieth year of life, after the death of his elder brother Basil II. He was not too ambitious or with a strong body and a cowardly soul. Man wildcat, . he easily gave himself up to anger, . believe any hex, . especially if the suspected, . that someone is encroaching on the royal power, . and punished severely for it: he did not run malicious disgrace, . not cast and not taken into custody, . and immediately burned out his eyes with iron,
. Such a punishment it determined for all offenses heavy and light, . whether, . indeed people to blame, or only gave fodder for rumors, . - For the Emperor t, . cared, . the punishment in line with transgressions, . and only wanted to rid themselves of anxiety,
. With such a temper he is not, however, been deprived of and compassion, his anger quickly passed, and he bitterly regretted his deed. Benefactor subjects he knew better than any other emperor, . but at the mercy not comply with the equality and friends helped her kindness without borders, . gave them gold, . as sand, . and for people far from it displayed this virtue to a lesser extent,
. Neighborhood him were mostly those whom he was a child told to deprive the child-bearing members and took to itself as a trusted and domestic servants. Assuming full power, . Constantine, . unable to drain care, . commissioned scientists to cause people, . and have taken the only reception of ambassadors and some other duties easier, . while sitting with a regal air and, . fell into the rhetoric, . amazed everyone attending the arguments and evidence,
. In science, he was not very familiar, and only slightly, from student, involved in the Hellenistic education. But people are naturally capable and pleasant, he possessed a bold and elegant style, and beautiful speeches helped to emerge into the light of thought, born in his soul. Finding the coffers full of money, he gave vent to his inclinations and gave himself up to pleasure. He was a big fan of baths and hunting, and in addition, a servant of the stomach and amorous desires. Playing dice and checkers, he is so fond of that during the game did not pay attention to the ambassadors were awaiting him, and refused to dismantle the most urgent cases. Sensing the approach of death, Constantine began to search for an heir. Even in his youth he married a woman from a noble and worthy kind. She died after they had three daughters. Average of them, Zoya, he hastened to marry a Roman city eparha argyria and bequeathed him the imperial power (Psellos: 'Constantine Eighth', 1-4, 6-7, 9-10).


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