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Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025)

Catherine Holmes


The reign of Emperor Basil II is usually considered the high-water mark of medieval Byzantium. During Basil's reign, Byzantine political authority extended from southern Italy to the Euphrates. With the conversion of the Rus to Orthodoxy in 988, the empire's cultural influence stretched still further. Basil portrayed himself as a soldier emperor who was as implacable towards his domestic opponents as against his foreign neighbours. His brutal conquests later earned him the sobriquet ‘Bulgar-slayer’. This book considers the problems inherent in governing such a large, multi-ethnic empire; it ex ... More

Keywords: Byzantium, Emperor Basil II, Byzantine politics, Byzantine military history, Byzantine frontiers, Bulgar-slayer, Byzantine historiography, Synopsis Historion, Synopsis Historiarum, John Skylitzes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Holmes, author
Tutor and Fellow in Medieval History, University College, University of Oxford
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