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Romanus II

Romanus II, 939–63, Byzantine emperor (959–63), son and successor of Constantine VII. A profligate, he came under the domination of his second wife, Theophano. She, along with the eunuch Joseph Bringus, ruled the empire. His reign was marked by the brilliant victories of Nicephorus Phocas over the Arabs.

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