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General Evaluation

▼      The Best Byzantine Emperors
1. Constantine I the Great 306-337
2. Justinian I 527-565
3. Basil II Bulgaroktonos 976-1025
▼      Excellent Byzantine Emperors
1. Heraklios 610-641
2. Alexios I Komnenos 1081-1118
3. John II Komnenos 1118-1143
4. Manuel I Komnenos 1143-1180
5. John III Doukas Vatatzes 1221-1254
6. John I Tzimiskes 969-976
7. Nikephoros II Phokas 963-969
8. Basil I the Macedonian 867-886
▼      Best Generals amongst Byzantine Emperors
1. Constantine I the Great 306-337
2. Basil II Bulgaroktonos 976-1025
3. Nikephoros II Phokas 963-969
4. Heraklios 610-641
5. John I Tzimiskes 969-976
6. Theodosius I (the Great) 379-395
7. John II Komnenos 1118-1143
8. Constantine V Kopronymos 741-775
▼      Best Financial administrators amongst Byzantine Emperors
Anastasius I 491-518
Basil II Bulgaroktonos 976-1025
Marcian 450-457
John III Doukas Vatatzes 1221-1254
Theophilos 829-842
Constantine VII Porphyrogenetos 913-959
Romanos I Lekapenos 1920-944
Alexios I Komnenos 1081-1118
▼      Intellectuals amongst Byzantine Emperors
1. John VI Kantakouzenos 1347-1354
2. Julian the Apostate 361-363
3. Constantine VII Porphyrogenetos 913-959
4. Theodore II Doukas Laskaris 1254-1258
5. Manuel II Palaiologos 1391-1425
6. Andronikos II Palaiologos 1282-1328
7. Theophilos 829-842
8. Leo VI the Wise 886-912
9. Theodosius II 408-450

Charakter

▼      Kindest Byzantine Emperors (really nice guys)
1. John III Doukas Vatatzes 1221-1254
2. Constantine VII Porphyrogenetos 913-959
3. Tiberius II Constantine 578-582
4. John II Komnenos 1118-1143
5. Theodosios III 715-717
6. Andronikos II Palaiologos 1282-1328
7. Theophilos 829-842
▼      Most Cruel Byzantine Emperors (tyrrants and paranoid rulers)
1. Andronikos I Komnenos 1183-1185
2. Phocas 602-610
3. Justinian II Rhinotmetos 685-695 & 705-711
4. Michael III the Drunkard 842-867
5. Alexios III Angelos 1195-1203

Presence

▼      The Tallest Byzantine Emperors
1. Constantine VIII

Definately very tall but certainly not 3 meters tall as some sources recorded.

1025-1028
2. Basil I the Macedonian

Very tall and very strong. Managed to become emperor thanks to his magnificent stature

867-886
3. Manuel I Komnenos

Reportedly so huge that nobody was able to handle his weapons

1143-1180
4. Constantine VII Porphyrogenetos

Very tall, slim with long neck

913-959
5. Romanos II Porphyrogenetos

Tall, handsome, athletic

959-963
▼      Most handsome Byzantine Emperors
1. Basil I the Macedonian

Tall and handsome. Managed to become emperor thanks to his magnificent stature (and sex)

867-886
2. Constantine IX Monomachos

One of Zoe's husbands. With an impressive presence, "shining like the sun" according to Psellos.

1042-1055
3. Andronikos I Komnenos

A womanizer with amazingly adventurous life. A gifted and charismatic person who became an awful emperor.

1183-1185
4. Constantine VIII

Very "graceful" in his youth, as co-emperor, but old and very ill when he finally became emperor

1025-1028
5. Heraklios

A great, idolized emperor whose physical presence was part of his splendor

610-641
▼      Most Ugly Byzantine Emperors
1. Nikephoros II Phokas

"a monstrosity of a man, a pygmy, fat-headed... disgusting with his short, broad, thick, and half hoary beard" according to -biased- western sources

963-969
2. Phocas

He had a beard to hide a scar and his ugliness. He started a fashion followed by all emperors after him

602-610
3. John II Komnenos

Very short, very ugly and very dark (but a wonderful man and emperor)

1118-1143