Monday, June 27, 2011

Varangians:The enigmatic Byzantine imperial guards(1rst part)

The name Varangians(Norse : Vaeningjar) derives from the Norwegian word var which means speech of honour or more commonly  oath of honour.

This etymology is considered to be linked with populations of Scandinavians(Swedes in majority) who initially entered the region of the Baltic sea and later invaded the territories that belong to modern Russia. Those populations  which were consisted of Viking warriors and merchants(their distinction wasn't always clear) took advantage of the big Russian rivers and expanded their political and economical influence rapidly. Those Scandinavians who settled and created new kingdoms were named Varangians.

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