His official residence was the Stoa Basileios, and his wife, as officially representing the wife of Dionysus, was called Basilinna.
The administration remained in the hands of the eunuch Basileios (an illegitimate son of Romanus I.), president of the senate, a wily and gifted man, who hoped that the young emperors would be his puppets.
It seems that the minister Basileios was privy to this act, and the cause was dissatisfaction at the energy which was displayed by the emperor, who showed that he was determined to take the administration into his own hands and personally to control the army.
The fall of Basileios followed; he was punished with exile and the confiscation of his enormous property.