Leo the Deacon

   Historian whose History covers the years 959-976. It concentrates on the military victories of Nikephoros II Phokas (q.v.), who emerges as a great hero, comparable to Herakles. This and other allusions to Greek mythology, as well as the overall format of the work, which is modeled on the work of Agathias (q.v.), typifies the renewed interest in classical antiquity that characterizes much Byzantine literature and art of the 10th century.

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