Basil Ii And The Governance Of Empire (976-1025)

Hardcover | February 15, 2006

byCatherine Holmes

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This is the first book-length study in English of the Byzantine emperor Basil II. Basil II, later known as 'Bulgar-slayer', is famous for his military conquests and his brutal intimidation of domestic foes. Catherine Holmes considers the problems Basil faced in governing a large, multi-ethnicempire, which stretched from southern Italy to Mesopotamia. Her close focus on the surviving historical narratives, above all the Synopsis Historion of John Skylitzes, reveals a Byzantium governed as much by persuasion as coercion. This book will appeal to those interested in Byzantium before theCrusades, the governance of pre-modern empires, and the methodology of writing early medieval political history.

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This is the first book-length study in English of the Byzantine emperor Basil II. Basil II, later known as 'Bulgar-slayer', is famous for his military conquests and his brutal intimidation of domestic foes. Catherine Holmes considers the problems Basil faced in governing a large, multi-ethnicempire, which stretched from southern Italy ...

Catherine Holmes is Tutor and Fellow in Medieval History, University College, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.56 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279683

ISBN - 13:9780199279685

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Table of Contents

1. Basil's reign in modern and medieval historical literature2. Basil II and John Skylitzes: the historian's career and working methods3. Basil II and the testimony of John Skylitzes: textual analysis4. Basil II and the testimony of John Skylitzes: contexts5. The revolts of Skleros and Phokas: historiography and the Skleros manifesto6. Administration and imperial authority on the eastern frontier7. Administration and imperial authority on Byzantium's western frontiers8. The reign of Basil II: a reconstruction