Unknown Archon
Prince of the Serbs
(ἄρχων Σερβλίας)
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Migration of Serbs from White Serbia
Prince of the Serbs
Reignfl. 626–50
SuccessorHis son (unknown)
Bornlate 6th century
White Serbia
Diedbefore 680
Serbia
IssueAn unnamed son
DynastyVlastimirović (progenitor)
ReligionSlavic pagan

The Unknown Archon (Serbian: непознати архонт / nepoznati arhont), Unknown Knez (непознати кнез / nepoznati knez),[1] Unnamed Serb Archon (неименовани српски архонт / neimenovani srpski arhont),[2] or simply Serb Archon (српски архонт / srpski arhont),[3] refers to the Serbian prince who led the White Serbs from their homeland to settle in the Balkans during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (610–641), as mentioned in Emperor Constantine VII's De Administrando Imperio (950s). The work states that he was the progenitor of the first Serbian dynasty (known as the Vlastimirović), and that he died before the settlement of the Bulgars (680).[4] Serbian historiography commonly treats him as the first Serbian ruler.

De Administrando Imperio

Contemporary related events

Studies

Porphyrogenitus' account on the first Christianization of the Serbs can be dated to 632–638; this might have been Porphyrogenitus' invention, or might have actually taken place, encompassing a limited group of chiefs and then very poorly received by the wider layers of the tribe.[7]

According to German historian Ludwig Albrecht Gebhardi (1735–1802), the Serb archon was a son of Dervan, who was the Duke (dux) of the Surbi, east of the Saale.[8] This theory was supported by Miloš Milojević,[9] and Relja Novaković included the possibility that they were relatives in his work.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ Dejan Nikolić (1996). Svi vladari Srbije. Narodna biblioteka "Resavska škola". p. 26. Н- непознато име ? - претпоставља се (не зна се) Н. архонт (кнез) из времена цара Ираклија (610-641) + око 680. I Н. архонт (кнез) I Н. архонт (кнез) Вишеслав, кнез (око 780
  2. ^ Живковић 2006, pp. 22–23.
  3. ^ Čedomir Popov (2000). Istorija srpske državnosti. Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti. p. 53. „архонт Србин" (умро пре 680)
  4. ^ Miloš Blagojević (2001). Državna uprava u srpskim srednjovekovnim zemljama. Službeni list SRJ. p. 14.
  5. ^ Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (Emperor of the East) (1967). De Administrando Imperio. Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. pp. 153–.
  6. ^ Ivan Ninić (1989). Migrations in Balkan history. Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute for Balkan Studies. p. 61. ISBN 978-86-7179-006-2.
  7. ^ Живковић 2002, pp. 207–209.
  8. ^ Sava S. Vujić, Bogdan M. Basarić (1998). Severni Srbi (ne)zaboravljeni narod. Beograd. p. 40.
  9. ^ Miloš S. Milojević (1872). Odlomci Istorije Srba i srpskih jugoslavenskih zemalja u Turskoj i Austriji. U državnoj štampariji. p. 1.
  10. ^ Relja Novaković (1977). Odakle su Sebl dos̆il na Balkansko poluostrvo. Istorijski institut. p. 337.

Sources

  • Moravcsik, Gyula, ed. (1967) [1949]. Constantine Porphyrogenitus: De Administrando Imperio (2nd revised ed.). Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. (Primary)
  • Ćirković, Sima (2004). The Serbs. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1991) [1983]. The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
  • 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 (2006). Портрети српских владара: IX-XII век (Portraits of Serbian Rulers: IX-XII Century). Београд: Завод за уџбенике и наставна средства.
Unknown Archon
Regnal titles
First Prince of the Serbs
fl. 610–41
Unknown
Next known title holder:
Višeslav