Its polo. The OTL Byzantine name for polo was tzykanion, which by the author's time has been shortened to tzykion.Just wondering but is Tzykion comparable to Lacrosse?
I wouldn't. Leo V is basically a version of Nero who doesn't care as much about popular opinion (so his spending to keep said opinion high doesn't happen), and he never gets murderously paranoid. The author though despises Nero for his persecutions of Christians. Note how earlier in the narrative he labeled Diocletian as one of the worst Emperors, and it was for similar reasons.You would be surprised how similar Nero actually was when compared to Leo here.