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story unintentionally suggests. The Jewish influence in Khazarin wiis due to the encouragement given by the Chugans lo llebrew merchants. Of the Jewish port of Tamutarkha more will be said presently; and we may notice the Jewishi population at Jundār, a town in the Caucasus, which was governed in the ninth century by a relation of the Chagan, who is said to live prayed impartially with the Moslems on Frislay, with the Jews on Saturday, iind with the Christians on Sunday
Somewhat later in the eighth century a princess of the Khazar's muutied the Saraccu governor of Armenin, and there . was prence on the southern frontier till the reign of Jurun ulRashid.' In A.1). 798 another marriage alliance was allranged between it daughter of the Chagan and one of the powerful family of the Barmeciiles. The lady died in Albania on the way to her bridal, and the oflicers who were in charge of her l'eported to her father their suspicion that she had been poisoned. The suggestion infuriated the Chagan, and in the following year the Khazars invaded Armenia, by the Gates of Derlund, and returned with an immense booty in captives.” Then Harun's son, Mamun, carried his arins victoriously into the land of the Khazars.
§ 2. The Subjects unil Veighbours of the khazars The Khazar's had never succeeded in extending their lordship over their neighbours the Alans, whose territory extended from the Caucasus to the banks of the river Kubin and was bounded on the west by the Euxine. The Alans, who
i The Jewish rabbi who disputes in Baladhuri (Marquart, op. cit. 37). already on the spot. The Letter of
Marquart, ib. 5. Josepli gives the date as about 310 years before his own time (c. 1.D. 960). • The authority is Mukaddasi, who 340 is clearly corrupt, and if we read says that Mamun required the Chagan 210 with Westberg (op. cit. ii. 31), to embrace Islam (Marquart, ib. 3). We get c. 1.1). 720 as the date.
Mamun governed Khurasan, under his ? In the ninth century, Ibn Khur. father, from A.1). 799. He was also in darlhbal mentions that Jewish Khurasan, as Caliph, between A.1). merchants froin Spain used to come 313 and 818. Marquart does not regularly overland, through the coun. decide the date of the campaign in try of the Slavs, to the capital of Khazaria. It is natural to sup'l oso thie Khazars (Chamlich). Marquart, that it was the reply to the Khazar
invasion of A. 1), 799, and to assign it 3 lbos Rusta and Curdizi, 190; to the earlier period; but cp. Mar. Marynart, op. cit. 20.
op. cil, 24.
huvo survived to the present dny under the name of thu Ossotians, were a mainly pustoral people; their army consisted in cavalry; and they had a fortress, which was virtually impregnable, at the so-called Alan-gate of the Caucasus or l'ass of Dariel.' We are told that the habitations of the people were so close together that when a cock crowed in one place ho was unswered by all the cocks in the rest of the kingdom. At some time before the tenth century the king adopted Christinnity, but the mass of his subjects remained henthen." lo received his Christianity from Constantinople, and the Emperors approprinted to him the special title of causiastes.' Between the Alans and the Khazars were the habitations of tho SARIRS, it heathen people whose name does not come into thu annals of Byzantium."
North of the Aluns, between the rivers Kulan ind Don, the territory of the Khazars extended to the shores of the Maeotic lake,' and at the mouth of that water they possessed the important town of Tamatarkla, the modern Taman, which had arisen close to the ancient l'hanngoria, over against the city of Bosporos on the other side of the straits. The conmercial importance of Tamatarkha, which had a large Jewish population, will claim our attention presently. Bosporos itself, the ancient Pantikapaion, was under the control of the Khazar's, and the Tetraxite (ioths, who occupied the greater part of the Crimert, were subject to their sway. The Gothic capitil, Doras, had been taken by the Khazars before A.D. 787, and in the following years the Goths, under the leadership of their bishop, had made in attempt to throw off the yoke of their powerful nciglibours."
i For descriptions of the Alans, seo + Of the Sarirs an account is preCumizi in Blu Rusta, 193-194, and served by Ibu Rustu and Gurdizi (187 Masudi (Sprenger), 134 8:19. Cp. Mar. 899.), derived from their common ninth. quart, op. cit. 101 sily. The King's
century source. title was bayhayar (Ibn R.) or kür. • This country had been the habita. kuruluj (Mas.). Arabic writers call the tion of the Utigurs -- the ralaid Alans Nandar, or Pilash (?), with the BovAgapia of Theophanes and Nicesecond part of which Marquart connects phorus. Cp. Marquart, op. cit. 503. the Georgian name Uusi (=Old Russian After the sixth century we hear Busi), whence the mollern Ussctiili. nothing more of this people, but their
? That tiie Alans were still pagaus descendants may have still been there, in the ninth century is shown by hulu- though of no political importance. kovski, 1'iz. l'rom. v. 1 599. (1898).
Shestakov, lumialniki, 33 sy. l'il. 3 Constantine, Cir. 689.
Juunn, op. Gulthine, 191. The bishop a spiritual son of the Emperors John was taken prisoner, but succeeded (πνευματικόν ημών τέκνον).
in escaping to Amastris.
North of the Don and extending to the banks of the Dnieper were the tents and hunting-grounds of the MAGYARS or llungarians. The continuous history of this Finnishı people, who lived by hunting and fishing,' begins in the ninth century, and if we think we can recognise it under other names in the days of Attila and the early migrations, our conclusions are more or less speculative. It is, however, highly probable that the Magyars had lived or wandered for centuries in the regions of the Volgi, hal bowed to the sway of the great Hun, and had been affected by the manners of their Turkish neigh.bours. They spoke i tongue closely akin to those of the
finns, the Ostyaks, the Voguls, and the Samoyeds, but it is likely that even before the ninth century it had been modified, in its vocabulary, by Turkish influence.' A branch of the people penetrated in the eighth century south of the Caucasus, and settled on the river Cyrus, east of Tillis and west of Partav, wliere they were known to the Armenians liy the name of Sevordik or “Black children." ; These Black Hungarians, in the ninth century, destroyed the town of Shamkor, and the governor of Armenia repeopleıl it with Khazars who had been converted to Islam (1.1). 854-855).
On the northern shore of the Sea of Azov, and extending towards the Dnieper, was the land of the Inner or Black BULGARIANS," which thus lay between the Magyars and the
1 For criticism of the Arabic sources but it was profoundly modified by (Gurvizi, etc.) see Westborg, op. cit. Turkish. The well-known able attempt 20 $44., Beitr. i. 24 %. Marquart, of Vömbéry to prove that it was (op. cit. 30-31, 516) places the lun. originally a Turkish tongue (in his al sirians lucuron the Don and the magyarok croulele) has not convinced lubill, but his interpretation has me, nor hus it persuaded Marquart, been refuteil by Westberg.
who has pertinent observations on the Regino, s.11.889, p. 1:32, vl. Kurze. subject (49). This is an insertion of Regino in luis • Constantine, Cer. 687 eis tous a general description which is transcribed άρχοντας των Σερβοτιων (leg. Σεβορτίων, from Justinus, ii. 1.:.
Marquart) των λεγομένων μαύρα παιδία. 3 Marquart finds their ancestors in Hence Marquart explains Laßáprou the Akitzirs (op. Priscus, fr. 8 in dopalo, said in De oudm, imp. 169 to P.11.11. iv. 89 ; Jordanes, lict. c. 5) be the old name of the Hungarians, as and the Unigurs (op. cit. 10 897.); but “the lower Sevordik" (op. cit. 30-40); see the important work of K. Ninati, crilik, children, lo considers only an
linn Mamrorsriy ismeretlero torti Armenian transformation by popular nelmi ohuinya (1911), where the etymology of Orgik = Ugrians.. See
Sco porssange in the Origines of Isidore of also W. Pécr. in 15.2. vii. 201. 202, Seville (ix. 2, $ 60, in Migne, P. L. 82, 618-619. 3:3-1) is fully discussed. To likewise 6 For this we have the good authority identities them with the Unigurs. of Baladhuri, who calls the Sevordik
* Cp. Marquart, 33. The basis of Sirardi. Marquart, ib. 36. the Hmarian language was Ugrian, ? See above, jl. 337.
Goths. The lower Dnieper seems to have formed the western boundary of the Khazar Empire, but their intluence extended up that river, over some of the Eastern Slavg. The Slavs round Kiev' paid at one time tribute to the Chagan, who perhaps ensured them against the depredations of the Magyars.
On the contral Volga was the extensive territory of the BURDAS," who were subject to the Khazars, and formed a barrier against the Outer Bulgarians, their northern neighbo!!r's, whose dominion lay on the Volga and its tributary the Kama, including the modern province of Kasıın."
If the Burdas served the Khazars as a barrier against the northern Bulgarians, they were also useful in helping to hold the l’ATZINAKS in check. This suvage people possessed a wide dominion between the Volyn and the Ural; their neighbour's were, to the north-west the Burdūs, to the north the Kipchukis, to the east the Uzes, to the south-west the Khazars. It would seem that some of their hordles pressed carly in the ninth century, west of the Volga, into the busin of the Don, ind became the formidable neighbours of the most easterly Slavonic tribes.
§ 3. The Russians and their Commerce Such, in the early part of the ninth century, was the general chart of the Turkish Empire of the Khazars, their clients, and their neighbours. Before we consider the import of this primitive world for the foreign policy of the Roman Empire, it is necessary to glunce at yet another people, which was destined in the future to form the dominant state in the region of the Euxine and which, though its home still lay beyond the horizon of Constantinople and Itil, was already known to those cities by the ways of commerce.
The Poliano ; sco below, p. 412. tributiary (ib. 19, and i. 385). Ch. Constantino, De aclm. imp. 75, mene Musudi (Sprenger) 112, and sco Mar. tions that Kiev was called Sambatas
quart, xxxiii. and 336. (which has not leon satisfactorily ex.
3 From their chief town, Bulgar, plained; cp. Westbery, ki anal. ii. 12; Marquart, 198). To cavital of the ,
the Bulgariaus could sail down the Slavs, called Jirbub or Hruab by Ilona
Volga to Itil in less than three weeks
(Ibn Fadhlan, 202). Rusta (179), Jiraut by Gurdizi (178), is probably Kiev, and Westberg (ib. * For the boundaries of the Patzinaks 21) would read in the texts Chůyab. according to the early Arabic sourco
Ibn Rustiu and Gurilizi, 158 spy. of the ninth century; seo Westborg, For the orthography seo Westberg, ki awal. ii. 16 3477., Dicitr. i.:212-213. Kanal. ii. 14." Hlo distinguishes the The l'itzinaks or l'echeneys were Burdās from the Mordvins, and shows known to the Slavy as the Pulovisi, that the river Burdas means the the name they bear in the Chronicle central course of the Volga, not a of Pseudo-Nestor.
The RUSSIANS or Rūs were Scandinavians of Eastern Sweden who, crossing the Baltic and sailing into the Gulf of Finland, had settled on Like Ilmen, where they founded the island town, known as Novgorod, the Tolmgard of Icelandic Saga, at the point whero the river Volkhov issues from the northern waters of the lake.' They were active traders, and they monopolized all the tratlic of north-eastern Europe with the great capitals of the south, Constantinople, Baghdad, and Itil. Their chief wares were the skins of the castor and the black fox, swords, and men. The Slavs were their natural prey ; ? they lised to plunder them in river expeditions, and often carry them off, to be transported and solul in southern lands. Many of the Slavs used to purchase immunity by entering into their service. The Russians did not till the soil, and consequently had no property in land; when a son was born, his father, with a drawn sword in his hand, addressed the infant: “I leave thee no inheritance; thou shalt have only what thou winnest by this sword.” They were, in fact, a settlement of
The following account of the De alm. imp. 79), south of Novgorod, Russians and their commerce is derived towards Smolensk ; the l’iatichi, on from the early Arabic source and from the river Oka, south of Moscow ; tho thie Somewhit later book of Ibn Raulinishchi, on tho rivir Sozli', cast bluurandabrali, as elucidated loy West- of the Dnieper; the Siever, on the berg, kwal. ii. 23 sqq. and i. 372 7. river Desna, which joins the Duieper As for the Scandinavian (Swedish) north or kiev ; the Poliane (“plain. origin of the Russians (Rus 'Pus), the men"), probably west of Kiev ; tho evidence is overwhelming, and it is Drievlane ("* men of the woods" ; now admitted by all competent in. Sepplevivoi, Const. op. cit. 186), per: vestigators. Tlic theory that they lips north of the Poliane; the werx Slaus-of which I lovaiski wa's
Dregovichi (Apovsoupiral, ib. 79), the abi est exponent--was crushingly between the rivers l'ripet and Diina ; roluitend by logorlin, kimnik, and also the Tiverisi, on the Dniester Thomsen. The Xornan" or Var
(whom Schaturik, ii. 133, finds in Con. inginn." question which ragcil in startine, ib., reading twv Tepepßiawn Russiit at one time is no longer sub for twv Te B.) ; their neighbours tho inlice. For a full examination of the Uglichi (identified by Schifarik with data, the English reader should con- Constantine's Oultivoi, ib. 166); the selle Thomson's Ancient Russia (see Bujani, so called from their habitation Bibiliori play, ii. 5).
The theory pro
on the river Bug. Schaliwik (ii. 113) poumed by Vasilevski, in his olinge, explains Constantine's Acvšavinou (loc. ihat the Russians were (Crimean) cil.) us Luchane, whom he considers a Cioths, and that 'Pws is a corruption of ortion of the krivitsi. The localities Tai'.poo-activat, may be mentionid as a of these tribes are mainly detorinined curiosity.
liy the data in l'soudo-Nostur. Seu • The general disposition of the fürthur Schafurik, ii. sect. 28, and cp. Slavonie tribes, as the Russians found the relevant articles in Leger's Index them, seems 10 have been as follows: to his Chronique de Nestur. the krivichi (Kpoferšai, ('onstantine,