Male, Deceased Person
Who was Unknown Archon?
The Unknown Archon is a conventional name given by historians to the Serbian leader who led the White Serbs from their homeland to settle in the Balkans after 610, during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
The main record of this person is in the De Administrando Imperio, a book written in the 950s by Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos. He is described as being a successor alongside an unnamed brother to a Serb king and having led part of the Serbs from White Serbia during the reign of Emperor Heraclius. On their way south they vanquished the Avars, before eventually settling in Servia, the hinterlands of Thessaloniki, a province which Heraclius granted them with the task to protect Byzantium from future threats, such as Avars.
The Serbs left the province and moved northwards, until they came to Belgrade where the strategos of the theme gave them the areas of Rascia, Trebounia, Zachlumi, Pagania and Konavli after they swore allegiance to the Emperor. The date of his death is unknown, however it is attested before the arrival of the Bulgars in the Balkans.
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