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Nicephorus III

Nicephorus III (Botaniates), Byzantine emperor 1078-1081, belonged to a family which claimed descent from the Roman Fabii; he rose to be commander of the troops in Asia.

In 1078 he revolted against Michael VII, and with the connivance of the Turks marched upon Nicaea, where he made himself emperor. In the face of another rebellious general, Nicephorus Bryennius, his election was ratified by the aristocracy and clergy. With the help of Alexius Comnenus he drove Bryennius and other rivals out of the field, but failed to clear the invading Turks out of Asia Minor.

Nicephorus ultimately quarrelled with Alexius, who used his influence with the army to depose the emperor and banish him to a monastery. In the years of his reign Nicephorus had entirely given himself over to debauchery.

This entry is based on one from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

Preceded by:
Michael VII
Byzantine emperors Followed by:
Alexius I

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