Nikephoros Phokas the Elder
0830 – 0896
Who was Nikephoros Phokas the Elder?
Nikephoros Phokas the Elder was one of the most prominent Byzantine generals of the late 9th century, and the first important member of the Phokas family. He had a distinguished military career in southern Italy, where his victories laid the foundation for the Byzantine resurgence, and led successful campaigns against the Arabs in the eastern borderlands as well as against the Bulgarians of Tsar Simeon.
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