Basil the Nothos

   High state official (parakoimomenos [q.v.]) under Constantine VII, John I Tzimiskes, and Basil II (qq.v.). Romanos II favored Joseph Bringas (q.v.) over him, and Basil hated Bringas for it. His revenge came when Nikephoras II Phokas (q.v.) overthrew Bringas in 963. Basil schemed against Nikephoros II and may have poisoned the next emperor, John I Tzimiskes. He administered state affairs for the young Basil II (q.v.) until Basil II exiled him in 985.

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  • Bringas, Joseph —    Civil official who held various high positions for Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos and Romanos II (qq.v.). As parakoimomenos (q.v.) for Romanos II he managed the entire affairs of state. However, when Romanos II died an untimely death, his… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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