The ‘Dioclean Tradition’ in Serbian Literature of the Early Thirteenth Century

Uzelac, Aleksandar (2023) The ‘Dioclean Tradition’ in Serbian Literature of the Early Thirteenth Century. In: Historiography and Identity V: The Emergence of New Peoples and Polities in Europe, 1000-1300. Brepols: Turnhout, pp. 389-411. ISBN 978-2-503-58849-0

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The paper deals with the emergence of the narrative surrounding the motif of the land of Dioclea in the lives of Stefan Nemanja, written by his two sons – Sava and Stefan, as well as Domentian. The three sources are not only mutually dependent but, taken together, they form a complex, and sometimes conflicting, narrative about the beginnings of the holy dynasty established by Stefan Nemanja. Dioclea was gradually transformed from just one of the many provinces taken over by Nemanja to his ‘patrimony’ and ‘heritage’ until it finally was acknowledged as ‘the great kingdom from the beginning’. The transformation is important because it reflects the unstable political conditions, the clashes between the two political centers and the two branches of the ruling family, and indirectly even the dispute between the two seats of the Roman Catholic Church in the Adriatic

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dioclea, Stefan Nemanja, Stefan the First-Crowned, St. Sava, Domentian, tradition, identity
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Depositing User: Milica J
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2023 10:18
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 14:22

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