PEOPLE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Leo VI (Emperor of the Byzantine Empire)
LEO VI was emperor of the Byzantine empire from 886-912 CE. He was the second emperor of the Macedonian dynasty and is sometimes known as “Leo the Wise” in reference to his prolific literary output which ranged from orations to law codes. Leo’s military campaigns abroad were not at all successful, and the empire witnessed defeats to the Bulgars in the Balkans and the Arabs in Sicily and the Aegean. At home, it was a different story, and the emperor’s reign was a rare one of stability, peace, and prosperity for his people.