The Byzantine Empire under Basil II (976–1025)
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Under Basil II, a son of Romanus II and an emperor of the Macedonian Dynasty which had ruled since 867, the Byzantine Empire attained a degree of domestic political consolidation that enabled an exercise of power abroad the like of which had not been seen since the reign of Justinian I. Like his brother Constantine VIII, Basil II lived in the shadow of extra-dynastic emperors, Nicephorus II Phocas (963–969) and John I Tzimisces (969–976), following …

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Olshausen, E., “The Byzantine Empire under Basil II (976–1025)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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