The long reign of the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976-1025) has been considered a "golden age", in which his greatest achievement was the annexation of Bulgaria after a long and bloody war. Paul Stephenson reveals that the legend of the "Bulgar-slayer" was actually created long after his death. His reputation was exploited by contemporary scholars and politicians to help galvanize support for the Greek wars against Bulgarians in Macedonia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Read more
- A broadly based, accessible book which spans history, art history and literature in both the medieval and modern periods
- Addresses major issues in national history and nationalism in Byzantium and Greece through the ages
- Illustrated in colour and black-and-white with rare and unusual images
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"The book serves as an excellent model of exploring one under-documented event and discarding the traditionally accepted decree that it is fiction; and instead explores how the decree became "given."" ComitatusSee more reviews
"In bridging the divide between the popular and the historical, Paul Stephenson has furnished an excellent account of myth writing and how over the course of time a questionable historical event received added attention to satisfy the needs of the moment." - Walter K. Hanak, Shepherd University
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- Date Published: November 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521158831
- length: 190 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Annotated and translation
List of abbreviations
1. Basil the Bulgar-slayer: an introduction
2. Basil and Samuel
3. Basil annexes Bulgaria
4. Victory and its representations
5. Basil the younger, porphyrogennetos
6. The origins of a legend
7. Basile après Byzance
8. Basil and the 'Macedonian question'
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