Basil II

Byzantine Emperor from the Macedonian dynasty

Basil II[1] (958 – December 15, 1025), was a Byzantine emperor from the Macedonian dynasty from January 10, 976 to December 15, 1025. Under his reign, the Byzantine Empire reached its greatest height since Justinian the Great. Under his reign, the First Bulgarian Empire was completely taken by him, a land that would be part of his empire for 150 years. Because of this, the northern part of the Roman Empire touched the Danube river for the first time in several hundred years. He also took land towards the east.

Painting of Basil II, from an 11th century manuscript.


  • (primary source) Michael Psellus, Chronographia
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991


  1. Greek: Βασίλειος Β΄ Βουλγαροκτόνος, Basileios II Boulgaroktonos i.e "the Bulgar-slayer", also known as Basil II the Bulgar-Slayer and Basil the Young

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Preceded by
Romanos II
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by
Nikephoros II
Preceded by
John I
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by
Constantine VIII