Tibor Živković (Serbian Cyrillic: Тибор Живковић; 11 March 1966 – 26 March 2013) was a Serbian academic, historian and writer who specialised in the period of the early Middle Ages.


Živković was born in Mostar, and history studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade between 1985–90, when he graduated at the Department of Antiquity. He received his MA in 1996 with a thesis slavizacija na teritoriju Srbije VII-XI stoljeća (Slavicization on the territory of Serbia 7th–11th centuries). He received his PhD in 2000 with a dissertation Slavs under Byzantine rule from the 7th to 11th Centuries (until 1025).

As of 1997, he worked at The Institute of History of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU),[1] and was the director of the Historical Institute from 2002–10, as well as editor in chief of the Drafting Committee editions of the Historical Institute.[1]

During the doctoral studies he was a scholar of the Greek government (1997–1999). As a scholar of the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia stayed at the postdoctoral studies at the Center for Byzantine Research (Institute for Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation).[citation needed]

He participated as a team leader in archaeological excavations along the Ibar river between 2003 and 2009. He taught general Middle Ages at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Banja Luka.[citation needed]


His field of historical research involved complex issues related to the Early Middle Age history of South Slavs, and the territory of Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Emphasis in his research was on the history of Serbs in the early Middle Ages. He also researched and gave new insights on the Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja (Gesta Regum Sclavorum), the early ecclesiastical history of the Serbian territory, and the early Serbian rulers. He published many scientific papers and books.


  • Živković, Tibor; Bojanin, Stanoje; Petrović, Vladeta, eds. (2000). Selected Charters of Serbian Rulers (XII-XV Century): Relating to the Territory of Kosovo and Metohia. Athens: Center for Studies of Byzantine Civilisation.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2000). Словени и Ромеји: Славизација на простору Србије од VII до XI века (The Slavs and the Romans). Београд: Историјски институт САНУ, Службени гласник.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2002). Јужни Словени под византијском влашћу 600-1025 (South Slavs under the Byzantine Rule 600-1025). Београд: Историјски институт САНУ, Службени гласник.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2004). Црквена организација у српским земљама: Рани средњи век (Organization of the Church in Serbian Lands: Early Middle Ages). Београд: Историјски институт САНУ, Службени гласник.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2006). Портрети српских владара: IX-XII век (Portraits of Serbian Rulers: IX-XII Century). Београд: Завод за уџбенике и наставна средства.
  • Živković, Tibor (2008). Forging unity: The South Slavs between East and West 550-1150. Belgrade: The Institute of History, Čigoja štampa.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2009). Gesta Regum Sclavorum. 2. Београд-Никшић: Историјски институт, Манастир Острог.
  • Živković, Tibor (2012). De conversione Croatorum et Serborum: A Lost Source. Belgrade: The Institute of History.
  • Живковић, Тибор (2013). De conversione Croatorum et Serborum: Изгубљени извор Константина Порфирогенита. Београд: Завод за уџбенике.

Selected works

  • Živković, Tibor (1999). "The Date of the Creation of the Theme of Peloponnese". Byzantina Symmeikta. 13: 141-155.
  • Živković, Tibor (2002). "The Strategos Paul and the Archontes of the Westerners". Byzantina Symmeikta. 15: 161–176.
  • Živković, Tibor (2006). "Constantine Porhyrogenitus and the Ragusan Authors before 1611" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 53: 145–164.
  • Živković, Tibor (2007). "The Golden Seal of Stroimir" (PDF). Historical Review. Belgrade: The Institute for History. 55: 23–29.
  • Živković, Tibor (2007). "On the Foundation of Ragusa: the Tradition vs. Facts" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 54: 9–26.
  • Živković, Tibor (2007). "The Earliest Cults of Saints in Ragusa". Зборник радова Византолошког института. 44: 119–127.
  • Živković, Tibor (2007). "Contribution to the New Reading about the Constantine Porphyrogenitus` Statement on the Numbers of Croat Horsemen, Foot Soldiers and Sailors in Early 10th Century". Byzantinoslavica. 65: 143–151.
  • Živković, Tibor (2008). "Uspenskij's Taktikon and the Theme of Dalmatia". Byzantina Symmeikta. 17 (2005-2007): 49–87.
  • Živković, Tibor; Kunčer, Dragana (2008). "Roger - the forgotten Archbishop of Bar" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 56: 191–209.
  • Živković, Tibor (2008). "Constantine Porphyrogenitus' Kastra oikoumena in the Southern Slavs Principalities" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 57: 9–28.
  • Živković, Tibor; Radovanović, Bojana (2009). "Titre de Trpimir selon les dires de Gottschalk" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 58: 33–42.
  • Živković, Tibor (2010). "Constantine Porphyrogenitus' Source on the Earliest History of the Croats and Serbs". Radovi Zavoda za hrvatsku povijest u Zagrebu. 42: 117–131.
  • Živković, Tibor (2010). "Sources de Constantin VII Porphyrogénète concernant le passé le plus ancien des Serbes et des Croates". Byzantina Symmeikta. 20: 11–37.
  • Živković, Tibor (2010). "The 'Original' and the 'Revised' Annales Regni Francorum" (PDF). Историјски часопис. 59: 9–57.
  • Živković, Tibor (2010). "On the Beginnings of Bosnia in the Middle Ages". Spomenica akademika Marka Šunjića (1927-1998). Sarajevo: Filozofski fakultet. pp. 161–180.
  • Živković, Tibor (2011). "Symbolism of Some Animals in the Early Medieval Serbia: Tribute, Peace, and Friendship". Animals and Environment in Byzantium (7th-12th c.). Athens: Institute for Byzantine Research. pp. 273–284.
  • Živković, Tibor (2011). "The Origin of the Royal Frankish Annalist's Information about the Serbs in Dalmatia". Homage to Academician Sima Ćirković. Belgrade: The Institute for History. pp. 381–398.
  • Živković, Tibor (2013a). "On the Baptism of the Serbs and Croats in the Time of Basil I (867–886)" (PDF). Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana (1): 33–53.
  • Živković, Tibor (2013b). "The Urban Landcape of Early Medieval Slavic Principalities in the Territories of the Former Praefectura Illyricum and in the Province of Dalmatia (ca. 610-950)". The World of the Slavs: Studies of the East, West and South Slavs: Civitas, Oppidas, Villas and Archeological Evidence (7th to 11th Centuries AD). Belgrade: The Institute for History. pp. 15–36.


  1. ^ a b "Sami smo odsekli deo naše istorije". nspm.rs. 13 March 2012.


  • Cogo, Ikbal. "In memoriam - Tibor Živković (1966-2013)" (PDF). Godišnjak. ANUBiH. pp. 269–275. doi:10.5644/Godisnjak.CBI.ANUBiH-43.52.
  • "Тибор Живковић". Istorijska biblioteka.

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