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NIKIFOR VOTANIAT

( Byzantine Emperor)

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Biography NIKIFOR VOTANIAT
with Rod. app. 1001. + Ca. 1081
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Nicephorus Votaniat, according Bryennios, 'one of the brave men of the East', became emperor had in a very advanced age. In early 1077, Mr.. Michael VII made him chief of the eastern troops, and in October In taniat openly announced the beginning of the uprising and ordered to collect the scattered troops in Asia. From Phrygia, he moved into Bithynia, but had very little strength. Only after he openly supported the Nicoya, rebellion began to grow and soon covered the whole of Asia. In the capital there was anger, too, Michael voluntarily left the throne and took monastic vows as a monk. After capturing power, Nicephorus, although he was already old, married to the beautiful Empress Marina. He tried his best to attract the benevolence of citizens and lavished gifts. Shortly costs were far higher than income, and appeared short of money (Bryennios: 3; 15-16,18,24-25).

All the short reign of Nicephorus-passed in riots and wars. First, in the west rose Bryennios and Nicephorus Nicephorus Vasiliaki. At the end of 1080 g. Asia revolt Nicephorus Melissino. The aged emperor was not involved in the campaigns. Successful struggle waged against the enemies of the young captain Alex Trebizond (Bryennios: 4). For the time Votaniatu managed to retain power. But when in February 1081, Mr.. rebellion against the emperor himself raised Trebizond, Nikiforou had nothing to oppose him. After the rebels entered the capital, the patriarch advised Votaniatu to relinquish power and does not start civil war (Comnenus, 2, 12). Yielding to persistent requests, the deposed monarch haircut in monks. Komnina writes that when friends asked him how he brings a change of his position, Nikephoros replied: 'One thing I was inconvenienced - abstinence from meat, and the rest did not care' (Trebizond: 3, 1).


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