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44. 72 See Book IV, n. 63. 73 See Book IV, n. 70. 74 See Book IV, nn. 76 and 78. 75 See Book IV, n. 99. 76 See Book V, n. 13 and Book IV, n. 44. 21 Introduction married in November 970, still in the first year of his reign. 77 The first words of Book VIII, "As soon as the gloom of winter changed to . . springtime," signal early 971, as Tzimiskes began his campaign against the Rus'. The description of this expedition continues into Book IX, where Leo records the final Byzantine victory at Dorystolon (IX: 8) as occurring on Friday, 24 July 78 (in 971).

G. Dennis. 31 Introduction Edessa, 107 various legal documents 108 and poetry, 109 as well as letters, short chronicles, seals, and coinage. As noted above, Leo himself apparently used now lost sources, one quite favorable to the Phokas family, others favorable to John Tzimiskes. As a result, there are significant internal inconsistencies in his work, notably the positive treatment both of Nikephoros Phokas and of Tzimiskes, who had planned and participated in the murder of his predecessor. 110 There are conflicts as well with the other sources.

32 Introduction A comparison of Leo the Deacon's and Skylitzes' treatments of the reign of Romanos II provides an instructive view of the different approaches of these two most comprehensive sources. Leo (Books I and II) notes that he will begin after the death of Constantine VII (9 November 959), and introduces Romanos II as just coming to manhood, a good person but given to youthful indulgences. He cites Romanos's decision to destroy the Arabs of Crete and avenge the failed expedition of 949.

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