Stefan Urosh IV Dushan

   Serbian king (1331-1355); son of Stefan Urosh III Dechanski (q.v.). The battle of Velvuzd (q.v.) in 1330 laid the foundation for Serbian expansion into Byzantine Macedonia (q.v.), but it was the Byzantine civil war of 1341-1347 that allowed Dushan to conquer half of the remaining Byzantine territory. He first supported John VI Kantakouzenos, then John V Palaiologos (qq.v.), all the while extending his conquests into Epiros and Thessaly (qq.v.). In 1345 he conquered Serres (q.v.) and began to style himself "Emperor of the Serbs and Romans." In truth his kingdom stretched from the Danube south to the Gulf of Corinth (qq.v.) and from the Adriatic to the Aegean (qq.v.).

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  • Ioannina —    City in Epiros (q.v.) situated on a fortified promontory that juts into Lake Pamvotis, against the backdrop of the highest peaks of the Pindos (q.v.) range. Apparently founded by Justinian I (q.v.), it was captured by the Normans (q.v.) in… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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