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"Basilissa" redirects here. For the saint of this name, see Julian and Basilissa.
Basileus (Greek Βασιλεύς ( , plural , basileis) is a Greek term and title that has signified various types of monarchs in history. It is perhaps best known in English as a title used by Byzantine emperors, but also has a longer history of use for persons of authority and sovereigns in ancient Greece, as well as for the kings of modern Greecemarker.


The etymology of basileus is unclear. The Mycenaean form was gwasileus (

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