Aveva 30 anni (era nato ca nel 961).

Prima di essere eletto andò a trovare il vecchio padre ed ex doge Pietro I (976-978) nel Monastero di St. Michel de Cuxa, il quale gli predisse il futuro e gli consigliò di governare in modo semplice, di essere giusto con i sudditi e di rimanere amico della Chiesa.

Infatti, seguendo i consigli paterni, il nuovo doge si scoprì gran diplomatico ed eccellente mediatore, riuscendo a tenere un perfetto equilibrio interno ed esterno con l’impero romano d’Occidente, con quello d’Oriente e con il papato, impostando la propria politica detta dei quattro pilastri: 1. Pacificazione interna dopo le lotte sanguinose fra le fazioni; 2. Collaborazione e accordo con Costantinopoli a condizione di trarne profitto per il proprio commercio; 3. Buoni rapporti con l’impero romano germanico o neutralità, dove l’unica cosa che interessava realmente era il mantenimento delle linee di comunicazione commerciali; 4. Politica dalmata, ovvero difesa dell’Adriatico e legami di amicizia o protezione (non sottomissione) fra le città dalmate e il Dogado.

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