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The Crucifixion

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The premature but timely death of the Emperor Alexander left his nephew Constantine Porphyrogenitus, a child of seven years, in supreme power. At once there was a running struggle for control by the Empress-Mother Zoe, who was not well liked, the Patriarch Nicholas, a pushing and shifty politician, aristocratic generals like Constantine Dukas and Leo Phocas, and eventually an admiral risen from the ranks, Romanus Lacapenus. The child was sickly, and this poor state of health undoubtedly saved …
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Related print edition pages: pp.201-239

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