The Role of the Vlachs in the Bogomils’ Expansion in the Balkans

The Role of the Vlachs in the Bogomils’ Expansion in the Balkans
by Octavian Ciobanu

The paper approaches an old idea about the contribution of Vlachs to the spread of Bogomilism in the Balkans. Vlachs and Slavs had the greatest contribution to the expansion of Bogomilism. To explain the role of the Vlachs, the article first explores the presence of the Vlachs along the Via Militaris and Via Egnatia and the references about their faith. Then it focuses on the references about the Vlachs’ contribution to the spread of Bogomilism in Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Dalmatian, and Croatian lands. It concludes that the main contribution of the Vlachs on the Bogomils’ expansion was in the Western Balkans.

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