Byzantine Empire Macedonian dynasty
Reign of Leo VI the Wise
886 Jan 1

Reign of Leo VI the Wise

İstanbul, Turkey

Leo VI, called the Wise was very well read, leading to his epithet. During his reign, the renaissance of letters, begun by his predecessor Basil I, continued; but the Empire also saw several military defeats in the Balkans against Bulgaria and against the Arabs in Sicily and the Aegean. His reign also witnessed the formal discontinuation of several ancient Roman institutions, such as the separate office of Roman consul.