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The patrikios Makroioannes (Greek: Μακροϊωάννης; "long John", evidently a sobriquet) was a Byzantine naval commander who commanded the fleet in the expedition of Malakenos in 950/1 to southern Italy. The Byzantine expeditionary corps united with the local forces of the strategos of Calabria, Paschalios, but suffered a crushing defeat by the Fatimids under al-Hasan ibn Ali al-Kalbi and the eunuch Faraj Muhaddad at Gerace on 7 May 952. The Byzantine commanders themselves were nearly captured. Nothing further is known of Makroioannes.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ PmbZ, Makroioannes (#24837).
  2. ^ Brett 2001, pp. 239–240.
  3. ^ Halm 1996, pp. 334–335.