The reign of Basil II (976–1025), the longest of any Byzantine emperor, has long been considered as a 'golden age', in which his greatest achievement was the annexation of Bulgaria. This, we have been told, was achieved through a long and bloody war of attrition which won Basil the grisly epithet Voulgartoktonos, 'the Bulgar-slayer'. In this 2003 study Paul Stephenson argues that neither of these beliefs is true. Instead, Basil fought far more sporadically in the Balkans and his reputation as 'Bulgar-slayer' was created only a century and a half later. Thereafter the 'Bulgar-slayer' was periodically to play a galvanizing role for the Byzantines, returning to centre-stage as Greeks struggled to establish a modern nation state. As Byzantium was embraced as the Greek past by scholars and politicians, the 'Bulgar-slayer' became an icon in the struggle for Macedonia (1904–1908) and the Balkan Wars (1912–1913).
Review of the hardback: 'It is well written and has that strong sense of Byzantium's place in the Hellenic tradition.' Journal of Ecclesiastical HistoryDescrizione del libro:
This 2003 illustrated, revisionary account of the long reign of the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976–1025) establishes that the 'Bulgar-slayer' legend was in fact created long after Basil's death, and shows how the emperor's supposedly fearsome reputation was seized upon by scholars and politicians in the modern period.
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Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110521815304
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0521815304 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0283635
Descrizione libro Cambridge Univ Pr, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. first edition edition. 182 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0521815304
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0521815304