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Encyclopedia > Michael I Rangabe
Michael I on a contemporary coin

Michael I Rangabe (Greek: Μιχαήλ Α΄ Ραγγαβέ, Mikhaēl I Rangabe), (died January 11, 844) was Byzantine Emperor (811 - 813). A coin of Byzantine Emperor Michael I (811-813AD) AE follis struck at Syracuse, Sicily depicting Michael crowned, wearing a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger. ... A coin of Byzantine Emperor Michael I (811-813AD) AE follis struck at Syracuse, Sicily depicting Michael crowned, wearing a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Succession of Pope Sergius II (844 - 847). ... This is a list of Byzantine Emperors. ... Events July 26 - Battle of Pliska: Nicephorus I is defeated by the Bulgar khan Krum, and is succeeded by Stauracius as Byzantine emperor. ... Events June 22 - Byzantine Emperor Michael I is defeated in a war against the Bulgarians. ...

Michael was the son of the patrician Theophylaktos Rangabe, the admiral of the Aegean fleet. He married Prokopia, the daughter of the future Emperor Nikephoros I, received the high court dignity of kouropalatēs after his father-in-law's accession in 802. Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nikephoros I and his son and successor, Stauracius. ... Painting of Emperor Basil II, exemplifying the Imperial Crown handed down by Angels. ...

Michael survived Nikephoros' disastrous campaign against Krum of Bulgaria, and was considered a more appropriate candidate for the throne than his severely injured brother-in-law Staurakios. When Michael's wife Prokopia failed to persuade her brother to name Michael as his successor, Michael's supporters forced Staurakios to abdicate in his favor on October 2, 811. Krum (Bulgarian: ) (died April 13, 814) was ruler of Bulgaria, from after 796/ before 803 to 814. ... Staurakios on a coin issued by his father Nikephoros I. Staurakios or Stauracius (Greek: Σταυράκιος), (d. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 90 days remaining. ...

Michael I attempted to carry out a policy of reconciliation, abandoning the exacting taxation instituted by Nikephoros I. While reducing imperial income, Michael generously distributed money to the army, the bureaucracy, and the Church. Elected with the support of the Orthodox party in the Church, Michael diligently persecuted the iconoclasts and forced the Patriarch Nikephoros to back down in his dispute with Theodore of Stoudios, the influential abbot of the monastery of Stoudios. Michael's piety won him a very positive estimation in the work of the chronicler Theophanes the Confessor. The Eastern Orthodox Church is a Christian body that views itself as: the historical continuation of the original Christian community established by Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, having maintained unbroken the link between its clergy and the Apostles by means of Apostolic Succession. ... Illustration of the Beeldenstorm during the Dutch reformation Iconoclasm is the destruction of religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. ... Nicephorus III or Saint Nicephorus (ca. ... Theodore the Studite ( ca. ... Byzantine miniature depicting the Stoudios monastery. ... Saint Theophanes the Confessor (about 758/760, Constantinople - March 17, 817 or 818, Samothrace) was an aristocratic but ascetic Byzantine monk and chronicler. ...

In 812 Michael I reopened negotiations with the Franks, and recognized Charlemagne as "basileus (emperor) of the Franks," in exchange for the return of Venice and Istria to the Byzantine Empire. However, under the influence of Theodore, Michael rejected the peace terms offered by Krum and provoked the capture of Mesembria (Nesebar) by the Bulgarians. After an initial success in spring 813, Michael's army prepared for a major engagement at Versinikia near Adrianople in June. The Byzantine army was turned to flight and the emperor's position was seriously weakened. With conspiracy in the air, Michael preempted events by abdicating in favor of the general Leo the Armenian and becoming a monk (under the name Athanasios). His sons were castrated and relegated into monasteries, one of them, Niketas (renamed Ignatios), eventually becoming Patriarch of Constantinople. Michael died peacefully in January 844. For other uses, see Franks (disambiguation). ... A portrait of Charlemagne by Albrecht Dürer that was painted several centuries after Charlemagnes death. ... A silver coin of the Seleucid king Antiochus I Soter. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia) is the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,663 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ... Map of Istria Istria (Croatian and Slovenian: Istra, Italian: Istria) is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. ... Nesebar (Bulgarian: Несебър, Nesebăr, though other transliterations are also used), previously known as Mesembria (Greek: Μεσημβρια, Mesimvria) and before that as Menebria, is an ancient city on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located in Nesebar municipality, Burgas Province. ... The Battle of Versinikia was fought in 813 between the Byzantine Empire and the Bulgarians. ... Edirne is a city in (Thrace), the westernmost part of Turkey, close to the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. ... Contemporary coin of Leo V. Leo V, surnamed The Armenian (775 – December 24, 820), was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 813 to 820, after first distinguishing himself as a general in the reigns of Nicephorus I and Michael I Rhangabes. ... The Patriarch of Constantinople is the Ecumenical Patriarch, ranking as the first among equals in the Eastern Orthodox communion. ...


By his wife Prokopia, Michael I had at least five children:

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  • The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire Vol 4, 2005

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (often abbreviated to ODB) is a three volume book by the Oxford University Press. ...

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Leo V



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