First Bulgarian Empire under Simeon I the Great (893 - 927 CE)

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Simeon Netchev
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published on 21 December 2022

A map illustrating the First Bulgarian Empire at its greatest extent during the reign of Simeon I the Great (the first one to use the title tsar derived from the Latin caesar). The Bulgarian Empire was a medieval kingdom established as a union between the Bulgars and Slavs that adopted Christianity in 864. Simeon I's ambition to ascend to the imperial throne in Constantinople was the dominant driver of Bulgarian foreign policy leading to numerous wars (seemingly, the greatest success was his coronation by the Orthodox Patriarch as "Emperor and Autocrat of all Bulgarians and Romans" outside the walls of Constantinople in 913, although this arrangement did not survive long). At the same time, the disintegration of the Avar Khaganate north of the Danube allowed the country to expand its influence and territory into the Pannonian Plain, which was a mixed blessing as Bulgaria was confronted by the advance of migrating Pechenegs, Cumans, and Magyars.

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About the Author

Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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APA Style

Netchev, S. (2022, December 21). First Bulgarian Empire under Simeon I the Great (893 - 927 CE). World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16836/first-bulgarian-empire-under-simeon-i-the-great-89/

Chicago Style

Netchev, Simeon. "First Bulgarian Empire under Simeon I the Great (893 - 927 CE)." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 21, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16836/first-bulgarian-empire-under-simeon-i-the-great-89/.

MLA Style

Netchev, Simeon. "First Bulgarian Empire under Simeon I the Great (893 - 927 CE)." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 21 Dec 2022. Web. 08 Feb 2023.

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