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Byzantine Emperor Constantine VIII, holding akakia on the reverso of this coin.

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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Voltaire (3055 words)
Though life went well at first, he began to encounter difficulties.
Faced with a lawsuit and an argument with the president of the Berlin Academy of science, Voltaire wrote the Diatribe du docteur Akakia (Diatribe of Doctor Akakia) which derided the president.
This greatly angered Frederick, who had all copies of the document burned and arrested Voltaire at an inn where he was staying along his journey home.
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