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Name:  Nikephoros II
Brief biography:  Byzantine Emperor 963-969.
Nationality:  Byzantine
Occupation:  Emperor and general
Period of rule:  963-969
Date of death:  969
Place of death:  Istanbul

Nikephoros became emperor as a guardian to the young emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII after the death of Romanos II in 693. Nikephoros was married to Romanos's widow and mother of Basil and Constantine, Theophano. Nikephoros, however, was famed for his chastity and piety and reputedly slept alone on the floor in a hair shirt. He was a particularly skilled general, and he led the successful reconquest of Crete. Nikephoros was killed by disaffected nobles and replaced by his nephew, John Tzimiskes.

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