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Phrygia in yellow, the area Gordoservon was located in

In records from Bithynia in the year 680, the city of Gordoservon or Gordoserbon (Greek: Γορδόσερβον; Proto-Slavic: *Gordŭ Sĭrbŭ; Serbian: Гордосервон/Gordoservon, Гордосербон/Gordoserbon, Србоград/Srbograd, Град Срба/Grad Srba – "City of Serbs") was a Byzantine city inhabited by Serbs. The name is derived from the Serbs that resettled in Asia Minor (in ca 649[1] or 667[2]) by Byzantine Emperor Constans II (641–668), who came from the areas "around the river Vardar". A "Bishop of Gordoservon" named Isidore is mentioned in 680/681, and the fact that this town was an episcopal seat gives ground to the thesis that it had a large Serbian population. The Serbs were recruited in large numbers into the Byzantine army especially under Justinian II in the 680s, until the defection of a 30,000-strong Serbian contingent led to the disastrous loss of the Battle of Sebastopolis in 692/693.

Around the year 1200 AD this city is mentioned as Servochoria (Greek: Σερβοχώρια, "Serbian habitations"). The city was situated where the Phrygian kingdom once had been.


  1. ^ North American Society for Serbian Studies (1995). Serbian Studies. North American Society for Serbian Studies. ISSN 0742-3330. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  2. ^ Kostelski, Z. (1952). The Yugoslavs: the history of the Yugoslavs and their states to the creation of Yugoslavia. Philosophical Library. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 


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Further reading[edit]

  • T. Lewicki (1964). "Gordoserba (Gordoservon)". Slownik starozytn. slowiariskich II (1): 131.