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Никава - загонетна област Јована Кинама
Nikava — The Mysterious Region Mentioned by John Kinnamos

Author(s): Siniša Mišić
Subject(s): Historical Geography, Local History / Microhistory, Military history, 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Vizantološki institut SANU
Summary/Abstract: In 1149, the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos had left Pelagonia, heading the campaign against the Grand Prince Uroš II, who had been attacking the Byzantine territories. The aim of the campaign was the town of Ras, soon conquered by the Emperor; afterwards, he devastated the region of Nikava, from where he headed to the Ibar valley; there he besieged and captured the town of Galič. The region of Nikava was encompassing the territory between the today’s region of Rožaje and Štavice. That is the territory through which led the roads between Ras and the region of Polimlje, between Shkoder and Ras, between Ras and Metohia, as well as the road to Pešter and the Ibar valley. Since the antique times, this region was well guarded; the remnants of more than 25 fortresses dated 4th to 6th century had been preserved. The region of Rožaje and Štavice is identical to Kinnamos`s description, and its position is in concordance with the military logic of the campaign. Also, the name of the river Makva, situated near the source of the Ibar River, indicates etymologically to Nikava.

  • Page Range: 367-371
  • Page Count: 5
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Serbian