|Emperor of the Romans
|24 September 867 – 29 August 886
Chariopolis, Macedonia, Eastern Roman Empire
|29 August 886 (aged 75)
Constantinople, Eastern Roman Empire
Born a lowly peasant in of Macedonia, he rose power and influence in the imperial court after entering into the service of Theophilitzes, a relative of Emperor Michael III (r. 842–867). He was given a fortune by the wealthy Danielis and gained Michael's favour, whose mistress he married on his emperor's orders. In 866, Michael proclaimed him co-emperor, but Basil ordered his assassination, thus installing himself as sole ruler of the empire.