Strojimir

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Strojimir
Prince (archon) of Serbs / Serbia
Seal of Strojimir.gif
Seal
Prince of Serbia (co-ruler)
Reign 851–880s
Predecessor Vlastimir
Successor Mutimir (sole)
Died between 880 and 896
Full name
Strojimir Vlastimirović (Стројимир Властимировић)
House Vlastimirović
Father Vlastimir
Religion Eastern Christianity

Strojimir (Greek: Στροἠμιρ, Στροἠμηρος, Serbian: Стројимир) was the co-ruler of the Serbian Principality alongside his two brothers Mutimir and Gojnik, from ca 851 to his and Gojnik's deposition in the 880s after an unsuccessful coup against the eldest Prince Mutimir (r. 851-891).

He was a younger son of Vlastimir, who ruled in c. 836–851. Strojimir, together with his brothers Gojnik and Mutimir, defeated the Bulgar Army sent by Boris I, led by his son Vladimir, who, together with 12 boyars was captured by the Serb Army. Peace was subsequently agreed and the two sons of Mutimir; Pribislav and Stefan Mutimirović escorted prisoners towards the border at Rasa. There Boris gave them rich gifts and was given 2 slaves, 2 falcons, two dogs, and 80 furs by Mutimir.[1]

After power struggle between the younger brothers and Mutimir, he and Gojnik was captured and sent as prisoners to Bulgar Khan Boris I in 855–856, as a token of peace-agreement, they both lost their titles as Princes of Serbia and were held at Pliska, the Bulgarian capital. Strojimir was treated well by the Bulgarians, Khan Boris himself chose the wife of Klonimir, the son of Strojimir.

On July 11, 2006, the Serbian government bought a Byzantine-styled seal in solid gold weighing 15,64 g, most likely belonging to Strojimir (Klonimir's father), at an auction in Munich. It was presumably crafted outside Byzantium, and has a Greek inscription (KE BOIΘ CTPOHMIP, "God Help Strojimir") and a patriarchal cross in the centre. It most likely dates to the second half of the 9th century, between 855/56 and 896, when Klonimir tried to take the Serbian throne.[2]

Strojimir
Born: 830s Died: 880-896
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Vlastimir
Prince of Serbia
851-880s
Served alongside: Mutimir and Gojnik
Succeeded by
Mutimir
as sole ruler of Serbia

References[edit]

  1. ^ DAI.
  2. ^ Živković 2007, pp. 23–29

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Further reading[edit]

  • Živković, Tibor (2007). "The Golden Seal of Stroimir". Historical Review. Belgrade. LV: 23–29. 
  • Živković, Tibor (2006). Portreti Srpskih Vladara (IX—XII Vek) (in Serbian). Belgrade. ISBN 86-17-13754-1. 
  • Petrović, R. (2007). "Zlatni pečatni privezak kneževića Strojimira". Naučni projekt Filozofskog fakulteta u K. Mitrovici. 1. 
  • Ferjančić, B. (1997). "Василије I и обнова византијске власти у IX веку". Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta (36): 9–30. 

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