The Macedonian dynasty is the family of the Byzantine Emperor Basil I the Macedonian ( 867-886 ) to Theodora III. († 1056 ). The name of the dynasty was a geographical and not an ethnic designation.
The ancestor Basil I belonged to an Armenian- Greek family that had settled in the Byzantine theme of Macedonia. He spent part of his childhood in Bulgaria, where his family had lived as a prisoner of the Bulgarian prince Krum since 813. He managed to escape and the recording as a stable boy in the service of Theophilitzes, a relative of Bardas, the uncle of the Emperor Michael III. , Who opened the access to power him. With the murder of Michael in the year 867 he received the title of emperor.
The family died in the year 1056 with the Empress Theodora III. from that. shortly before her death, the non-family Michael VI nominated successor, who was then already displaced a year later by the nobility under Isaac Komnenos.
Culturally experienced the Empire under the Macedonian emperors, a new cultural flowering phase, the so-called Macedonian Renaissance.
Byzantine emperor from the Macedonian dynasty
- Basil I the Macedonian ( 867-886 )
- Leo VI. ( 886-912 )
- Alexander ( 912-913 )
- Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus ( 913-959 )
- Romanus I Lakapenos ( 920-944 )
- Romanos II ( 959-963 )
- Nicephorus II Phocas ( 963-969 )
- John I. Tzimiskes ( 969-976 )
- Basil II Bulgaroktonos (976-1025)
- Constantine VIII (1025-1028)
- Romanos III. Argyros (1028-1034)
- Michael IV (1034-1041)
- Michael V. (1041-1042)
- Zoë and Theodora III. (1042 )
- Constantine IX. Monomachos (1042-1055) George Maniakes (1042-1043), Gegenkaiser
- Middle Byzantine dynasty
- Master list