Catepanate of Ras
|Principality of Serbia (610-969)
Catepanate of Serbia (fl. 969-976)
Theme of Sirmium (1018-1043)
Principality of Serbia (Duklja) (1043-1101)
Grand Principality of Serbia (1101-1217)
Byzantine Empire (960-1043)
Administrative Unit of Serbia and Byzantine Empire
|Constantine VII (945-959)|
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
|-||Becomes Theme of Sirmium||976|
The Catepanate of Ras (Rascia) or Serbia (Greek: κατεπανίκιον Σερβλίας) was a Byzantine province established between 971–976, during the rule of John Tzimiskes (r. 969–976). It comprised the Principality of Serbia; the Ras region; the seat of the Serbian bishopric (Bishopric of Ras) and state (Stari Ras, the capital).
Data on the katepano of Ras during Tzimiskes' reign is missing.
Tzimiskes conquered the area with vigorous resistance.
A seal of a strategos of Ras has been dated to Tzimiskes' reign, making it possible for Tzimiskes' predecessor Nikephoros II Phokas to have enjoyed recognition in Rascia. The protospatharios and katepano of Ras was a Byzantine governor named John.
Byzantine military presence ended soon thereafter with the wars with Bulgaria, and was re-established only ca. 1018 with the short-lived Theme of Sirmium, which however did not extend much into Rascia proper.
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