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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse22 Jan 2019 3:42 p.m. PST

"Nikephoros II Phokas, 912 969, was a great military commander, and a Byzantine emperor 963-969. He won the war in the East against the Arabs and because of that, he wore the title of Commander of the Eastern troops. Nikephoros enjoyed tremendous influence in the army; and was very popular in Byzantium. In 960, he was appointed commander of the troops sent to Crete to retake it from the Arabs. With a fleet of 3,000 ships, Nikephoros landed in Crete. After an eight-month siege, Crete was retaken. Securing Crete's fortifications and settling Armenian and Greeks in it, Nikephoros took extra care for the organization of churches. On his return to Constantinople, Nikephoros gave the Greeks the spectacle of a glorious triumph, with immense wealth and many prisoners from Crete. With the conquest of Crete, Byzantium secured its coastal possessions from raids of the Saracens. After that, Nikephoros, went to Asia, where he won several victories over the Syrian Arabs, took Aleppo and enriched himself…."
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