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

Author: Catherine Holmes
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011, ©2005.
Series: Oxford studies in Byzantium.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The reign of Basil II (976-1025) 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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Basil, Emperor of the East; John Scylitzes
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Holmes
ISBN: 0199279683 9780199279685
OCLC Number: 907798845
Description: xiii, 625 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Basil's reign in modern and medieval historical literature --
Basil II and John Skylitzes : the historian's career and working methods --
Basil II and the testimony of John Skylitzes : textual analysis --
Basil II and the testimony of John Skylitzes : contexts --
The revolts of Skleros and Phokas : historiography and the Skleros Manifesto --
Administration and Imperial authority on the eastern frontier --
Administration and Imperial authority on Byzantium's western frontiers --
The reign of Basil II : a reconstruction.
Series Title: Oxford studies in Byzantium.
Responsibility: Catherine Holmes.
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"The reign of Basil II (976-1025) 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 military conquests later earned him the sobriquet 'Bulgar-slayer'."

"Catherine Holmes considers the problems inherent in governing such a large, multi-ethnic empire, and the solutions that Basil adopted. She explains how the extant sources make unmasking the political realities of this period so difficult, and demonstrates that a convincing picture of Basil's reign only emerges when these sources are understood in their original contexts. Particular attention is paid to the impact that the Synopsis Historian of John Skylitzes, a little-studied text from the reign of Alexios Komnenos (1081-1118), has on our understanding of Basil. As the late eleventh-century context in which Skylitzes operated is exposed, so the political, military, and administrative history of Basil's reign is reconstructed. Basil's Byzantium is revealed as a state where the rhetoric of imperial authority became reality through the astute manipulation of force and persuasion."--Page 4 of cover.

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