Choirosphaktes, Leo

   Byzantine diplomat to the court of Symeon of Bulgaria (q.v.). His letters illuminate Byzantium's relations with Bulgaria (qq.v.) during the reign of Leo VI (q.v.). As a magistros under Basil I (qq.v.), and relative of Zoe Karbonipsina (q.v.), he had good connections in the imperial court. These may have helped him in 907, when he supported the revolt ofAndronikos Doukas (q.v.), but they were not enough to save him in 913 when he helped Constantine Doukas (q.v.) attempt to gain the throne. He was forced into a monastery, and thus out of public life. In addition to his letters, he authored epigrams, hymns, and theological works. Arethas of Caesarea (q.v.) wrote a pamphlet attacking his alleged paganism. Altogether, he was one of the most interesting personalities of Leo VI's reign.

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