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John I Tzimiskes, Byzantine Emperor of Armenian Descent

John I Tzimiskes, Byzantine Emperor

John I Tzimiskes was one of the greatest emperors of Byzantium. John originated from a noble Armenian family (the nickname “Tzimiskes” is derived from Armenian “Chmishkik”, meaning “short stature”) and was the nephew of his predecessor, Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas. John played an active role in the assassination of Nikephoros, entering into an agreement with …