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  • n. Italian pope from 795 to 816 who in 800 crowned Charlemagne emperor of the Romans (750-816)


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  • When he traveled to Rome in December 800, some thirty years into his reign, he went to defend the authority of Leo III as pope; and His Holiness returned the favor by crowning him Emperor of the Romans on Christmas Day 800 (much to the annoyance of the Byzantine regent Irene, who called herself Emperor, rather than Empress, and thought the title was hers).

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  • By living outside the empire, John had the advantage of some protection from Leo III and his successor Constantine V, who continued the iconoclastic policy of his father.

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  • When Leo III crowned Charlemagne on Christmas Day 800 with the golden diadem of the emperor of Rome, it marked the beginning of the 1,000-year reign of the Holy Roman Empire.

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  • He restored Leo III. at Rome, quelled the seditions there, and was crowned by him on Christmas-day, in 800, emperor of Rome and of the

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  • A.D. the Frankish king visited Rome to investigate certain accusations made against the pope, Leo III, by his enemies in the city.

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  • Justinian to the accession of Leo III. the Isaurian, the government of the Eastern empire was strictly Roman.

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  • From the reign of Leo III. to that of Basil I. the Macedonian (867) if not quite Roman, it was very far from Greek.

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  • But in the year 1804, Napoleon made himself Hereditary Emperor of the French and sent for Pope Pius VII to come and crown him, even as Leo III, in the year 800 had crowned that other great King of the Franks, Charlemagne, whose example was constantly before Napoleon's eyes.

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  • The Pope, Leo III, had been attacked by a band of Roman rowdies and had been left for dead in the street.

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  • Fortunately, the ruler of Constantinople at this hour of peril was a man of ability and energy, Leo III; but the empire had sunk so low as a result of the misrule of his predecessors that his authority scarcely extended beyond the shores of the Sea of Marmora, and his resources were at a low ebb.

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