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Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025)

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Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025) by Catherine 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-ethnic empire, 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 the Crusades, the governance of pre-modern empires, and the methodology of writing early medieval political history.

Author Biography

Catherine Holmes is Tutor and Fellow in Medieval History, University College, University of Oxford.
Release date NZ
November 24th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
4 maps
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
640
Dimensions
146x224x40
ISBN-13
9780199279685
Product ID
1860100

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