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The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-Slayer - Paul Stephenson

The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-Slayer

Paperback Published: 25th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521158831
Number Of Pages: 164

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The long reign of the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976-1025) has been considered a "golden age," in which his greatest achievement was the annexation of Bulgaria after a long and bloody war. Paul Stephenson reveals that the legend of the "Bulgar-slayer" was actually created long after his death. His reputation was exploited by contemporary scholars and politicians to help galvanize support for the Greek wars against Bulgarians in Macedonia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Review of the hardback: 'It is well written and has that strong sense of Byzantium's place in the Hellenic tradition.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"The book serves as an excellent model of exploring one under-documented event and discarding the traditionally accepted decree that it is fiction; and instead explores how the decree became "given."" Comitatus
"In bridging the divide between the popular and the historical, Paul Stephenson has furnished an excellent account of myth writing and how over the course of time a questionable historical event received added attention to satisfy the needs of the moment." - Walter K. Hanak, Shepherd University

List of illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Annotation and transliterationp. xiv
List of abbreviationsp. xvi
Basil the Bulgar-slayer: an introductionp. 1
Basil and Samuelp. 11
Basil annexes Bulgariap. 32
Victory and its representationsp. 49
Basil the younger, prophyrogennetosp. 66
The origins of a legendp. 81
Basile après Byzancep. 97
Basil and the ôMacedonian Questionöp. 113
Conclusionp. 135
Bibliographyp. 138
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780521158831
ISBN-10: 0521158834
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 25th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.29