Nikephoros II Phokas
Author(s) : Stankovic Vlada (5/10/2003)Translation : Andriopoulou Vera
For citation: Stankovic Vlada, "Nikephoros II Phokas",Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Asia MinorURL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=8634>
Nikephoros II Phokas was one of the most important Byzantine Emperors. A soldier and renowned general, who recovered Crete from the Arabs, he was also a member of one of the most prominent noble lineages of Asia Minor (Cappadocia). His reign marked the history of the Byzantine state due to his activity but also due to his murder from his associate and future emperor, John Tzimiskes. Nikephoros II Phokas was also renowned for his ascetic way of life.
Emperor (963 - 969)
Date and Place of Death
December 10/11, 969, Constantinople
Date and Place of Birth
ca. 912, Cappadocia (?)
1. Birth – Family background
2. Nikephoros Phokas’ military career
3.1. Aspects of his internal policy
3.2. Attitude toward the Church
5. Estimation and evaluation
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