Archon of Serbia/Archon of the Serbs (ἄρχων Σερβλίας)
ἄρχοντες was used by the Byzantines when describing a Prince. It is the only royal title that is known to have been used by and for Serbian monarchs during the rule of the Vlastimirović dynasty. The title in Serbian is rendered as knez. Byzantine historians usually described foreign rulers as archontes.
Used after 1402. Initially Despot was a honorific title of Byzantine origin, used alongside that of the Lord of the Serbs, but eventually it became synonymous with the Serbian monarchy, as well as its claimants in exile.
The Nemanjić dynasty ruled the Serb lands between ca. 1166 up to 1371. All Serbian rulers after Stephen the First-Crowned added the name Stefan before their birth names after ascending the throne as a manner of honoring the first ruler of their dynasty, Stefan Nemanja. The name Stefan is derived from Greek Stephanos, meaning crowned with wreath.
Autocrator, "self-ruler" in Greek, was an epithet of the Byzantine emperors. The Nemanjić kings adopted it and applied it to themselves in its literal meaning to stress their independence from Byzantium, whose supreme suzerainty they nominally recognized.
Knez of Serbia (Prince)
Although he in reality had the title of Knez, he would be recognized as a Tsar (Emperor) in Serbian epic poetry.
Court title. Literally meaning "placer". It had a role in the ceremony at the royal table, though he could be entrusted with jobs that had nothing to do with court ritual. The title of stavilac ranked as the last in the hierarchy of the Serbian court. It was, nevertheless, quite prestigious as it enabled its holder to be very close to the ruler.
^ abStanoje Stanojević (2000). Narodna enciklopedija: srpsko-hrvatsko-slovenačka. Budućnost. p. 432. U Srbiji se udomaćilo, naročito u kraljevsko i carsko doba, nekoliko bizantskih titula i činova, kao sevast protosevast i sevastokrator. Sevasti (sebastos, augustus) nisu činovnici, nego je to odlikovanje. Sevastokrator ili protosevast mogli bi ...
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