Basil I


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Basil I

(Basil the Macedonian) (băz`əl, bā`zəl), c.813–886, Byzantine emperor (867–86). His ancestors probably were Armenians or Slavs who settled in Macedonia. He became (c.856) the favorite of Emperor Michael IIIMichael III
(Michael the Amorian or Phrygian), 836–67, Byzantine emperor (842–67), son and successor of Theophilus and grandson of Michael II. His minority saw the final overthrow of iconoclasm and a severe persecution of the Paulicians.
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. In 886, Basil, with the aid of Michael, assassinated Michael's uncle and chief minister, Bardas, and was made coemperor. Michael's feeling toward Basil began to change and in 867 Basil had him murdered and had himself proclaimed emperor. Thus the Macedonian dynasty of the East, which lasted until 1056, was founded. A capable ruler, Basil reformed the finances; modernized the law of Justinian IJustinian I
, 483–565, Byzantine emperor (527–65), nephew and successor of Justin I. He was responsible for much imperial policy during his uncle's reign. Soon after becoming emperor, Justinian instituted major administrative changes and tried to increase state
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 by introducing a new code, the Basilica; protected the poorer classes; and restored the military prestige of the empire. Byzantine art and architecture entered their second golden age during his rule. A major event of his reign was the dissension between the Roman and the Eastern churches. In order to prevent an open break, Basil restored (867) to the patriarchate Ignatius of ConstantinopleIgnatius of Constantinople, Saint,
c.800–877, Greek churchman, patriarch of Constantinople. A son of Byzantine Emperor Michael I, he was castrated and shut up in a monastery (813) by the man who deposed his father, Emperor Leo V, to prevent his succession to the throne.
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, who had been deposed in favor of PhotiusPhotius
, c.820–892?, Greek churchman and theologian, patriarch of Constantinople, b. Constantinople. He came of a noble Byzantine family. Photius was one of the most learned men of his time, a professor in the university at Constantinople and, under Byzantine Emperor
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. On Ignatius' death, Basil reinstated (877) Photius, causing strained relations but not a full break with Rome. Basil in 865 had divorced his wife and married the mistress of Michael III. He was succeeded by his son Leo VILeo VI
(Leo the Wise or Leo the Philosopher), 862?–912, Byzantine emperor (886–912), son and successor of Basil I. He added to the work of his father by the publication (887–93) of the Basilica, a modernization of the law of Justinian I and of canon law.
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Basil is also valued for its healing and medicinal qualities.
Basil is low in calories and provides a notable amount of vitamins A, C, and K, and the mineral manganese.
Basil is easy to transplant at most any size, but 2- to 6-inch-tall seedlings work best.
In Black Mischief, Basil is described as having "contemptuous grey eyes over grey pouches" and "a proud, rather childish mouth" (75).
Basil is an annual herb with 50-60 cm plant height and pink and white flowers.
FROM public enemy number one, Basil is now the Cock of the North.
With Fawlty Towers facing a vital health and safety inspection, Basil is under stress, and flips when he discovers Manuel has been keeping a pet rat, named after his mad boss, in the hotel.
Somehow Basil is not quite right with a woman friend.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, holy basil is revered as a "rasayana," or an herb that on its own nourishes a person's growth to perfect health and enlightenment.
Enjoyed for its trace of mint and clove with a mild peppery flavor, basil is one of the most popular herbs.
Basil is looking forward to being in Cardiff even though he acknowledges a problem with the Welsh language.
In the latest series Basil is joined by his pet mechanical dog Ticker, his naughty nephew Bingo and evil cousin Mortimer, and singing sensation India regularly appears to add a dash of glamour and music to the proceedings.