Michael VIII Palaiologos proclaimed Co-Emperor

01 Feb 2021  Mon

Michael VIII Palaiologos ruled as the co-emperor f the Empire of Nicaea from 1259 to 1261 and as Byzantine Emperor from 1261 until his death.

He founded the Palaeologan dynasty, the last and longest-lived of the empire’s ruling houses. He recovered Constantinople from the Latin Empire in 1261 and transformed the Empire of Nicaea into a restored Byzantine Empire.

His reign would see considerable recovery of Byzantine power, including the enlargement of the Byzantine army and navy. It would also include the reconstruction of the city of Constantinople, and the increase of its population. He reestablished the University of Constantinople, which would lead to what is regarded as the Palaiologan Renaissance between the 13th and 15th centuries.

The Palaiologan dynasty he established ruled the Byzantine Empire for almost two centuries, longer than any other in Roman history. Also, during his reign there was a temporary naval revival in which the Byzantine navy consisted of 80 ships.

Depicted here is a coin of Michael VIII Paleologus, depicting the Virgin Mary rising over the walls of Constantinople, in commemoration of the capture of the city over the Latins.

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