Talk:Simeon I of Bulgaria

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Most powerful monarch[edit]

Hello I have a comment on this quote: "Having become the most powerful monarch in eastern Europe, ". I believe that at the time Simeon was at his apogee there were only two empires in Europe at all that powerful. These were the Empire of Franks and Bulgarian Empire. So the fact is that Simeon was not only a regional power. He was an European power too.

I agree. Simeon's empire ruled a substantial part of Europe and that's why Bulgaria was, for a short term, an European power. There was a second period in Bulgarian history when the country was an European power: during the last ten years of Ivan Asen II's reign (he ruled 1218-1241). Bulgaria was in charge of the Adriatic, Aegean and Black sea (1231-41). --webkid 13:22, 18 Nov 2004 (UTC)


It is funny how we measure things by when a country was a major power but surely, that's how you got noticed these days :) I must add Krum's rule and the one of Kaloyan as just as big. Krum's territory was vast and his reputation terrifying. Kaloyan was a well known statesman both in the East and in the West - crusaders, the Pope's delegations, etc. (Kaloyan)

Major grammatical error![edit]

In the first paragraph, it should be "contemporaneous" not "contemporary" unless you wish to assert that the king made Bulgaria the most powerful eastern European state TODAY. -gfw

Fixed it. Didn't think i could edit a front page article. -gfw

Front page articles are usually unprotected as a matter of policy in order to attract new users to the "encyclopedia that everyone can edit". Being front page also attracts a lot of vandal fighters that help keep the vandalism down. But everything else on the main page is protected, including all templates (whcih are cascade protected to boot!) and images. Shinhan 07:27, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
That's not a grammatical error, and I don't think it's major :) As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure "contemporary" can be used that way, or at least I've seen it used that way. I'm not a native speaker. TodorBozhinov 09:18, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Bulgaria's Greatest Expansion?[edit]

The claim that "Simeon's successful campaigns against the Byzantines, Magyars and Serbs led Bulgaria to its greatest territorial expansion ever" may be untrue. According to Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, the Director of Bulgaria's National History Museum, the nation's greatest territorial expansion came during the reign of Tsar Samuil. --Vladko 06:34, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

A perfectly reliable source has been cited, so don't call it a "claim". I don't think I have to explain to you that this is the consensus among Bulgarian historians. Not sure what data Dimitrov is relying on, but although Bulgaria may have extended somewhat further west-southwest under Samuil, it had lost Thrace to Byzantium and almost certainly didn't control the vast territory north of the Danube that Simeon did. There are maps — take a look :) Best, TodorBozhinov 09:18, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
I think that in this case we have no "perfectly reliable source", simply because the primary historical evidence (narrative, archaeological, etc.) is too fragmentary. There is a thesis by a researcher, Hristo Dimitrov, that as a result of the Simeon's wars with the Hungarians Bulgaria lost the region between the Danube, Tisza and the Carpathians. Other scholars claim that these territorial losses occurred either much earlier, or during the reign of tsar Peter, son of Simeon.--Dobrin (talk) 00:53, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Conquest of Serbia[edit]

Prince Ceslav wasn't even invited to the meeting in which the Serbian nobility was supposed to bow before him. --PaxEquilibrium (talk) 13:44, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Illustration caption[edit]

The caption under the first drawing in the "Anti-Magyar Campaign"-section was incorrectly stating that the drawing shows the Magyars defeating the Bulgarians, whereas the description of the image file says that it shows the Bulgarians defeating the Byzantines. I have therefore changed this.193.190.253.147 (talk) 00:07, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

Contradictory dates[edit]

Simeon I of Bulgaria#War with Croatia and death places the Battle of the Bosnian Highlands in 926, but Croatian–Bulgarian battle of 927 and Croatian–Bulgarian Wars both have that battle as 27 May 927, the same day as Simeon's death. Obviously since he was still alive after the battle for some time to make negotiations and whatnot, something is out of whack here. howcheng {chat} 16:43, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Solved. Please see this. I removed the tag and corrected both articles. José Luiz talk 19:56, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
The page names of the battles, listing 927 as the date, should be corrected to avoid this confusion. Here is a cite to Fine to facilitate these moves: John V.A. Fine, The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century (1991), pg. 157. Here is a link to the text. Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 20:30, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

File:A Fine Lead Seal of Simeon I Veliki (Simeon the Great), Tsar of Bulgaria (893-927 C.E.), a Testimony of the Byzantine Influence on the Bulgarian Court.jpg Nominated for Deletion[edit]

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Unidentified artwork[edit]

This image claims to depict Serbian prince Zaharija and Simeon. Who is the author?--Zoupan 22:35, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

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