Basil the Copper Hand
- He raised a revolt in Bithynia (q.v.) against Romanos I (q.v.) in about 932. He claimed to be Constantine Doukas (q.v.), who had been killed in 913 in an abortive revolt. Basil was captured and punished by having his hand cut off. Back in Bithynia (q.v.) he made a copper hand for himself, and he stirred up a popular uprising of the poor, whose plight had worsened since the great famine of 928. He was captured and sent to Constantinople (q.v.), where he was put to death.
Historical Dictionary of Byzantium . John H. Rosser .
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