Hektoen International

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Tag: John Tzimisces

  • Byzantine Emperor John Tzimisces: Murder, charity, & leprosy

    Sally MetzlerChicago, Illinois, United States Few historical figures present singular profiles of good or evil. Often, the confluence of disparate actions molds the fame or infamy of great leaders. A prime example is Byzantine Emperor John Tzimisces (b. 925–d. 976). Though he rose to power through murder, he consistently displayed a marked benevolence towards the…