Person:Basil II (1)

Basil II
b.0958
d.15 Dec 1025
Facts and Events
Name Basil II
Alt Name[1] Βασίλειος Β΄
Gender Male
Birth[1] 0958 House of Macedonians
Alt Birth[2] 959
Death[1] 15 Dec 1025
Reference Number[1] Q41833?


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Basil II (Basileios II; 958 – 15 December 1025) was a Byzantine Emperor from the Macedonian dynasty who reigned from 10 January 976 to 15 December 1025. He was known in his time as Basil the Porphyrogenitus and Basil the Young to distinguish him from his supposed ancestor, Basil I the Macedonian.

The early years of his long reign were dominated by civil war against powerful generals from the Anatolian aristocracy. Following their submission, Basil oversaw the stabilization and expansion of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine Empire, and above all, the final and complete subjugation of Bulgaria, the Empire's foremost European foe, after a prolonged struggle. For this he was nicknamed by later authors as "the Bulgar-slayer" (Boulgaroktonos), by which he is popularly known. At his death, the Empire stretched from Southern Italy to the Caucasus and from the Danube to the borders of Palestine, its greatest territorial extent since the Muslim conquests four centuries earlier.

Despite near-constant warfare, Basil also showed himself a capable administrator, reducing the power of the great land-owning families who dominated the Empire's administration and military, while filling the Empire's treasury. Of far-reaching importance was Basil's decision to offer the hand of his sister Anna to Vladimir I of Kiev in exchange for military support, which led to the Christianization of the Kievan Rus' and the incorporation of later successor nations of Kievan Rus' within the Byzantine cultural and religious tradition.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Basil II, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. BASILEOS, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.