The akakia was a purple silk roll containing dust, held by the Byzantine Emperors during cerimonies, and symbolizing the mortal nature of all men. Constantine VIII AV Histamenon Nomisma. ... Constantine VIII AV Histamenon Nomisma. ... Constantine VIII (in Greek Konstantinos VIII, written Κωνσταντίνος Η) (960 – November 15, 1028), Byzantine emperor (December 15, 1025 – November 15, 1028) was the son of the Emperor Romanus II and the younger brother of the eminent Basil II, who died childless and thus left the rule of the Byzantine Empire... This is a list of Byzantine Emperors. ...
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