Word usage examples
These were Slavs, whether originally Croat or Serb, who had been converted to Islam in the late Middle Ages by the Turkish occupiers and whose religion gradually became synonymous with their ethnic identity.
Elijah, in Bulgarian Orthodox tradition, is a transmuted version of Perun, a pagan god of lightning and stormy heavens, to whom the pre-Christian Slavs sacrificed bulls and human beings.
Byzantines, Visigoths, the Huns under Attila, Avars, Gepidae, Slavs, Bulgars, Hungarians, Tartars, Turks, and various others all invaded.
To these Greeks, all Slavs who called themselves "Macedonian" were "dirty Gypsies.
The Lombards then migrated into Italy, while Avars and Slavs filled in their former territories.
Meanwhile the Slavs were raiding and looting Byzantine settlements in the Balkans, north of modern Greece, so the Roman emperor persuaded Bayan to march against his sometime allies.
The Avars were horsemen, and the Slavs, fighting on foot, could not match them.
It was not a situation the Slavs enjoyed, in the early seventh century.
The Slavs suffered from the same problem as always: they could agree on no single one of them to govern others for more than a single battle.
But their contempt nevertheless betrayed them, because they allowed the Slavs to select the battle site.