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- October 21, 2013 at 12:31 am #345886
There is evidence which shows that some Slavic tribes in Macedonia did not succumb to assimilation of the neighboring states even up to the 13th century, still maintaining their tribal names. The Dragoviti are one of these tribes.
11th-century seal of an anonymous "judge of the Drougoubitai"
On the history of the Dragoviti, from wiki;
The 7th-century Miracles of Saint Demetrius, which chronicle the Slavic invasions and settlement in the Balkans, list the first branch of the Drougoubitai along with four other Sclaveni tribes living in the vicinity of Thessalonica. According to the Miracles, they were led by kings, and were tributary allies to the Byzantines. The Miracles also record their participation in two unsuccessful attacks by Sclaveni coalitions on Thessalonica, in 617/618 and 677.
By 879, a bishopric of Drougoubiteia (Δρουγουβιτεία), suffragan to Thessalonica, had been established. Nicolas Oikonomides has suggested that at about the same time, the tribe was placed under a Byzantine military governor with the title of strategos. In the late 10th and 11th centuries, Drougoubiteia is attested as being united with the themes of Thessalonica and Strymon into a single province. In the early 10th century, John Kaminiates speaks of the Drougoubitai as living around Veroia, while in the 13th century, Demetrios Chomatenos mentions them as "ruling" all the land from Veroia up to Skopje.
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