Figlio del doge Vitale,ne continuò l’opera in Terrasanta, dando aiuto con la flotta ai crociati e combattendo i normanni.

Dovette però vedersela anche con Colomanno, re di Ungheria (1095-1116), che s’incoronò re di Croazia e mirò ad aprirsi uno sbocco sull’Adriatico.Il nuovo doge inviò delle truppe a occupare Spalato, Zara e altri punti chiave lungo la costa.

È ricordato per la nuova Pala d’oro che ordinò a Costantinopoli subito dopo la sua elezione, per avere irrobustito il Castello Ducale, cercando di renderlo inespugnabile con torri, fossati, ponti levatoi, e soprattutto per aver fondato l’Arsenale (1104) con l’intento di programmare la costruzione di galee da guerra, in un proprio cantiere navale modellato sulla base di precedenti bizantini, e opporsi così alla potenza e prepotenza ungherese.

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