Romanus IIRomanus II
succeeded his father Constantine VII
as Byzantine emperor
at the age of twenty-one, and died, poisoned, it was believed, by his wife, Theophano in 963
He was a pleasure-loving sovereign, but showed judgment in the selection of his ministers. The great event of his reign was the conquest of Crete by Nicephorus Phocas in 961.
This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.