He was 30 years old (born c. 961).

Before being elected, he visited his old father and former doge Peter I (976-978) in the Monastery of St. Michel de Cuxa, who predicted his future and advised him to govern simply, to be fair to his subjects and to remain a friend of the Church.

In fact, following his father's advice, the new doge turned out to be a great diplomat and excellent mediator, managing to keep a perfect internal and external balance with the Western Roman Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire and the papacy, setting up his own so-called four-pillar policy: 1. Internal pacification after the bloody struggles between the factions; 2. Collaboration and agreement with Constantinople on the condition that it would profit from it for its own trade; 3. Good relations with the Germanic Roman Empire or neutrality, where the only thing that really mattered was the maintenance of trade lines of communication; 4. Dalmatian policy, i.e. defence of the Adriatic and ties of friendship or protection (not submission) between the Dalmatian cities and the Doge.

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