Basil I

Basil I, called the Macedonian (Greek: Βασίλειος ὁ Μακεδών, Basíleios ō Makedṓn, 811 – 29 August 886), was a Byzantine Emperor who reigned from 867 to 886. Born a simple peasant in the theme of Macedonia, he rose in the Imperial court. He entered into the service of Theophilitzes, a relative of Emperor Michael III (r. 842–867), and was given a fortune by the wealthy Danielis. He gained the favour of Michael III, whose mistress he married on the emperor's orders, and was proclaimed co-emperor in 866. He ordered the assassination of Michael the next year. Despite his humble origins, he showed great ability in running the affairs of state. He was the founder of the Macedonian dynasty. He was succeeded upon his death by his son (perhaps actually Michael III's son) Leo VI.

Basil I
Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans
Basil, his son Constantine, and his second wife, Empress Eudokia Ingerina
Byzantine emperor
Reign24 September 867 –
29 August 886
Coronation26 May 866
PredecessorMichael III
SuccessorLeo VI the Wise
Born811
Chariopolis, Macedonia, Byzantine Empire
Died29 August 886 (aged 75)
ConsortEudokia Ingerina
Wives
Issue
Detail
Emperor Leo VI (paternity uncertain)
Emperor Alexander III
Patriarch Stephen I (paternity uncertain)
DynastyMacedonian dynasty