Monday, April 12, 2021

Slavs: European ethno-linguistic group of people

Most archaeologists associate the Roman-period Proto-Slavs with the Kiev culture in the middle and upper Dnieper basin. Early remarks about Slavic populations can be found in the written sources of East Roman and Byzantine authors.

The Slavs are one of the great families of Europe; the Germans, Roams and Celts being the other three.

Anthropologically, the Slavs are characterized by a most rounded head, good cranial capacity, medium stature and good physical development. On complexion they range from brunette to blonde, the former predominating among the southern Slavs, while blondes are more numerous among the northern parts of the stock.

According to the 6th century AD Procopius of Caesarea, he describes tribes of these names emerging from the area of the Carpathian Mountains, the lower Danube and the Black Sea, invading the Danubian provinces of the Eastern Empire.

In the early Slavs, it was much influenced by the events on the early stage of the Great Migration, when the Huns attacked the Goths in 375 CE. In the Dnieper area, from the mid-5th century CE on, the lands of the Goths were gradually taken by the populations of early Slavic cultures, who moved there from the upper Dnieper region.

In the seventh century, they arrived in the north of the Balkan peninsula, thus entered the zone of Byzantium's cultural, political and economic influence. At the same time, groups of western Slavs settled along the margins of the Merovingian and Lombard kingdoms.

In 863 AD, the Kingdom of Great Moravia became the first Slav state to accept the Christianity of Byzantium as its official religion. As early as 1833, languages were recognized as Indo-European.
Slavs: European ethno-linguistic group of people

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