The Bulgar Slayer
Basil II the Bulgar slayer was Born in 958 and died in 15 December
1025. He was the Predecessor of John I Tzimiskes and he was successed
by Constantine VIII.
After that, he turned his attention to the Bulgarians that have
occupied Macedonia except Salonica and have moved to southern Greece.
In that battle he destroyed the army of Samuel of Bulgaria and he arrested 14.000 as prisoners. Bulgarians were stricktly punished for the crimes of rebellion, killings, burning and destrucion. Basill blinded 99 to every 100 men.In very 100 men he left 1 with one eye to guide the others back to Bulgaria. When Samuel sow that, he died. After his victory Basill visited southern Greece and he went to the church of Holy Mary of Parthenon in Athens to thank the Lord for his success in the Bulgarian war.
His Imperial Magesty also launched a campaign against Muslim Arabs that besieged Antioch and Aleppo. In 995 with 40,000 men and 80,000 mules he attacked and won many battles he relieved Aleppo, took over Orontes valley all north Syria and moved south.Moving to lands that were lost for the Empire since the Arab expantion, he sacked all cities between Emessa and Tripoli. This lands would remain in Greek hand for 75 years.
Vasil managed to stabilize the Byzantine rull in Crimea in the north of the Black Sea by making alliance with the Russians from which he had millitary help which later transformed in to the IMPERIAL VARANGIAN GUARD. He also gave his younger sister Anna as a wife to the Russian Ruller. He win over the Khazar turks with jewish relligion, beat the Persians that invaded Armenia, united Armenia with the Empire after the Armenian King has died, took back important lands in South Italy known till today by his name (Basillikata). Death caught him before he set free the island of Sisely, giving an end to that plan of the Glorious King.
He was buried in the Church of St. John the Theologian the
Evangelist at the Hebdomon Palace outside the Theodosian walls of
Constantinople. Unfortunatelly the barbarians of the 4th (1204) crusade
vandalised, and ravaged his grave. Michael Paleologos set free
Constantinople in 1261 and the religious Greek soldiers were socked in
the site of the grave being ravaged.