Tibor Živković

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Tibor Živković (Serbian Cyrillic : Тибор Живковић; 11 March 1966 – 26 March 2013) was a reputable Serbian academic, historian and Byzantinist who specialised in the period of the Early Middle Ages. [1]



Živković was born in Mostar, and history studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade between 1985–90, when he graduated at the Department of Antiquity. He received his MA in 1996 with a thesis slavizacija na teritoriju Srbije VII-XI stoljeća (Slavicization on the territory of Serbia 7th–11th centuries). He received his PhD in 2000 with a dissertation Slavs under Byzantine rule from the 7th to 11th Centuries (until 1025). [2]

As of 1997, he worked at The Institute of History of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), [3] and was the director of the Historical Institute from 2002–10, as well as editor in chief of the Drafting Committee editions of the Historical Institute. [3]

During the doctoral studies he was a scholar of the Greek government (1997–1999). As a scholar of the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia stayed at the postdoctoral studies at the Center for Byzantine Research (Institute for Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation). [2]

He participated as a team leader in archaeological excavations along the Ibar river between 2003 and 2009. He taught general Middle Ages at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Banja Luka. [2]


His field of historical research involved complex issues related to the Early Middle Age history of South Slavs, and the territory of Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Greece. [2] The emphasis in his research was on the history of Serbs in the early Middle Ages. He also researched and gave new insights on the De Administrando Imperio (argued that the chapters on Croats and Serbs were based, besides various sources from Byzantine archive, mainly on a lost source hypothetically called De conversione Croatorum et Serborum and written by Anastasius Bibliothecarius in late 8th century [1] ) and Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja (Gesta Regum Sclavorum), the early ecclesiastical history of the Serbian territory, and the early Serbian rulers. He published many scientific papers and books. [2]


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Vlastimirović dynasty

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Grubeša Branislavljević was Prince and ruler of Duklja from 1118 to 1125. After the Byzantine Empire defeated King George I of Duklja in 1118, Grubeša assumed the throne as a Byzantine protégé. The Byzantines entitled Grubeša the rule in Duklja, as well as providing him with an army that he would command against George, who was backed by the Grand Principality of Serbia under the rule of the Vukanović dynasty. Grubeša reigned until his death in 1125, when he was defeated by George. He is buried at the Church of Saint George in Bar.

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Zaharija of Serbia Prince / Archont / Knez

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  1. 1 2 Rudić, Srđan (2016). Spomenica dr Tibora Živkovića: Homage to Tibor Živković. Istorijski Institut. pp. 7–9, 93–94. ISBN   9788677431174.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Filipović, Emir O. "In memoriam - Tibor Živković (1966-2013)" (PDF). Godišnjak. ANUBiH (43): 269–275. doi: 10.5644/Godisnjak.CBI.ANUBiH-43.52 .
  3. 1 2 "Sami smo odsekli deo naše istorije". nspm.rs. 13 March 2012.