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History is the discovery, collection, organization, analysis, and presentation of information about past events. History can also mean a continuous, typically chronological record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution. Scholars who write about history are called
historians. It is a field of
knowledge which uses a
narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of events, and it sometimes attempts to objectively investigate the patterns of cause and effect that determine events. Historians debate the nature of history and its usefulness. This includes discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing "perspective" on the problems of the present. The stories common to a particular
culture but not supported by external sources (such as the legends surrounding
King Arthur) are usually classified as
cultural heritage rather than as the "disinterested investigation" needed by the discipline of history. Events of the past prior to written record are considered
Amongst scholars, fifth century BC
Herodotus is considered to be the "father of history"; the methods of Herodotus along with his contemporary
Thucydides form the foundations for the modern study of history. Their influence (along with other historical traditions in other parts of their world) has spawned many different interpretations of the nature of history which has developed over the centuries and are continuing to change. The modern study of history has many different fields, including those that focus on certain regions and those that focus on certain topical or thematic elements of historical investigation. Often, history is taught as part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in university studies.
is a name suggested for a
that flourished during a poorly-documented period in the history of
(roughly the late 8th and early to mid-9th centuries
). A predecessor to the
, the Rus' Khaganate was a
(or a cluster of
) set up by a people called
, who might have been
), in what is today northern
. The region's population at that time was composed of
, Turkic and
peoples. The region was also a place of operations for
, eastern Scandinavian adventurers, merchants and pirates.
According to contemporaneous sources, the population centers of the region, which may have included the proto-towns of
Sarskoye Gorodishche, and
Timerevo, were under the rule of a
monarch or monarchs using the
Old Turkic title
Khagan. The Rus' Khaganate period marked the genesis of a distinct Rus'
ethnos, and its successor states would include
Kievan Rus' and later states from which modern
or John Vladimir
: Јован Владимир; died 22 May 1016) was ruler of
, the most powerful
principality of the time, from around 1000 to 1016. He ruled during the protracted war between the
First Bulgarian Empire
. His close relationship with Byzantium did not save Duklja from the expansionist
Samuel of Bulgaria
, who conquered the principality in around 1010 and took Jovan Vladimir prisoner. A medieval chronicle asserts that Samuel's daughter,
, fell in love with Vladimir and begged her father for his hand. The tsar allowed the marriage and returned Duklja to Vladimir, who ruled as his
Vladimir was acknowledged as a pious, just, and peaceful ruler. He took no part in his father-in-law's war efforts. The warfare culminated with Samuel's defeat by the Byzantines in 1014; the tsar died soon afterward. In 1016 Vladimir fell victim to a plot by
Ivan Vladislav, the last ruler of the First Bulgarian Empire. He was beheaded in front of a church in
Prespa, the empire's capital, and was buried there. He was soon recognized as a
feast day is celebrated on
22 May. His widow, Kosara, reburied him in the Prečista Krajinska Church, near his court in southeastern Duklja. In 1381 his remains were preserved in the
Church of Saint Jovan Vladimir near
Elbasan, and since 1995 they have been kept in the
Albania. The saint's remains are considered
relics, and attract many believers, especially on his feast day, when the relics are taken to the church near Elbasan for a celebration.
Did you know...
Nefertiti Bust is one of the most famous pieces of
ancient Egyptian artwork in the world.
Nefertiti was the
Great Royal Wife of Egyptian Pharaoh
Akhenaten; her bust, attributed to the sculptor
Thutmose, was one of the most copied works on ancient Egypt, and is notable for exemplifying the understanding ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions.
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