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Basil I

811 - 886

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Basil I, nicknamed "the Macedonian" (Greek: Βασίλειος ὁ Μακεδών, translit. Basíleios ō Makedṓn; 811 – 29 August 886), was Byzantine emperor from 867 to 886. Born a lowly peasant in the theme of Macedonia, he rose to prominence in the imperial court after entering into the service of Theophilitzes, a relative of Emperor Michael III (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Basil I has received more than 704,773 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Basil I is the 1,090th most popular politician (down from 862nd in 2019), the 157th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 131st in 2019) and the 85th most popular Turkish Politician.

Basil is most famous for its use in Italian cooking.

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  • 700k

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  • 68.97

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 53

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.49

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.71

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among politicians, Basil I ranks 1,090 out of 15,577Before him are Alpha Condé, William Henry Harrison, Dagobert I, John I of Portugal, Ivan Mazepa, and John III of Portugal. After him are Scipio Aemilianus, Jerry Brown, Theodoric the Great, Sunjo of Joseon, Klement Gottwald, and Hassan Rouhani.

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Among people born in 811, Basil I ranks 1After him is Muhammad al-Jawad. Among people deceased in 886, Basil I ranks 1After him are Ibn Majah, Muhammad I of Córdoba, Abu Maʿshar, Bernard Plantapilosa, García Jiménez of Pamplona, Joseph the Hymnographer, and Adalbert I, Margrave of Tuscany.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Basil I ranks 157 out of 1,301Before him are Narses (478), Stilicho (359), Hecuba (null), Abdullah Öcalan (1949), Saint Timothy (17), and Mesrop Mashtots (361). After him are Gülfem Hatun (1500), Constans II (630), Isaac II Angelos (1155), Thecla (100), Constantine V (718), and Michael I Rangabe (770).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Basil I ranks 85Before him are John I Tzimiskes (925), John VIII Palaiologos (1392), Nikephoros II Phokas (912), Nabonidus (-555), Zeno (425), and Michael VII Doukas (1050). After him are Constans II (630), Isaac II Angelos (1155), Constantine V (718), Michael I Rangabe (770), Abdullah Gül (1950), and Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1002).