The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-Slayer

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 7, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 164 pages
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The long reign of the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976 1025) has long been considered as a 'golden age', in which his greatest achievement was the annexation of Bulgaria after a long and bloody war. Paul Stephenson establishes that the legend of the 'Bulgar-slayer' was in fact created long after his death, and that his reputation was seized upon by scholars and politicians in the modern period, and used to help galvanize support for Greek wars against Bulgarians in Macedonia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
 

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Contents

Basil and Samuel
21
Basil annexes Bulgaria
32
Victory and its representations
49
Basil the younger porphyrogennetos
66
The origins of a legend
81
Basile apres Byzance
97
Basil and the Macedonian Question
113
Bibliography
138
Index
159
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