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Basil II

958 - 1025

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Basil II Porphyrogenitus (Greek: Βασίλειος Πορφυρογέννητος Basileios Porphyrogennetos; 958 – 15 December 1025), nicknamed the Bulgar Slayer (Greek: ὁ Βουλγαροκτόνος, ho Boulgaroktónos), was the senior Byzantine emperor from 976 to 1025. He and his brother Constantine VIII were crowned before their father Romanos II died in 963, but they were too young to rule. The throne thus went to two generals, Nikephoros Phokas (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Basil II has received more than 1,477,030 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Basil II is the 929th most popular politician (up from 941st in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 147th in 2019) and the 71st most popular Turkish Politician.

Basil II, also known as Basil the Bulgar Slayer, was the Byzantine Emperor from 976 to 1025. He was a skilled military leader who expanded the empire's borders and strengthened its military.

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Among politicians, Basil II ranks 929 out of 15,577Before him are Jugurtha, Lee Myung-bak, Benjamin Harrison, Lev Kamenev, Jiang Qing, and Chaim Weizmann. After him are Andrew II of Hungary, Sebastian of Portugal, Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, Louis V of France, Benjamin Disraeli, and Kurt Waldheim.

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Among people born in 958, Basil II ranks 2Before him is Vladimir the Great. After him are Samuel of Bulgaria and Otto-William, Count of Burgundy. Among people deceased in 1025, Basil II ranks 1After him are Bolesław I the Brave, Sei Shōnagon, Hugh Magnus, Matilda of Germany, Countess Palatine of Lotharingia, Muhammad III of Córdoba, Burchard of Worms, and Helena.

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Among people born in Turkey, Basil II ranks 126 out of 1,301Before him are Fethullah Gülen (1941), Marcion of Sinope (85), Michael III (840), Şah Sultan (1509), Andronikos II Palaiologos (1259), and Antinous (111). After him are Henri Fayol (1841), Sabbatai Zevi (1626), Balbinus (178), Ephrem the Syrian (306), Apelles (-370), and Mausolus (-410).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Basil II ranks 71Before him are Stefan Dušan (1308), Manuel II Palaiologos (1350), Kara Mustafa Pasha (1634), Michael III (840), Şah Sultan (1509), and Andronikos II Palaiologos (1259). After him are Balbinus (178), Mausolus (-410), Kayqubad I (1188), Samuel of Bulgaria (958), Zoë Porphyrogenita (978), and Leo VI the Wise (866).