c. 958 - 1025
Basil was crowned emperor in Constantinople in 976
Under Basil II the Byzantine power reached its greatest expansion. He fought in Syria against aggression by the Fatimid dynasty in Egypt, and he extended Byzantine rule in the Balkans, Mesopotamia, Georgia, and Armenia.
His nickname "Slayer of Bulgars" derives from a ruthless campaign waged against the Bulgarian kingdom which was incorporated into the Byzantine Empire. (140,00 Bulgarian prisonners were blinded).
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