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1219: Between East and West

Church door, Stari Bar - Copyright © by Alan Grant
Church door, Stari Bar

In 395 the Emperor Theodosius divided the Roman Empire between east and west, a fault-line which Roberts writes, "would be maintained when in 1054, the church finally split into its Eastern Orthodox and Western Catholic branches…The region that would one day become Montenegro was astride the cultural line: Kotor was incorporated within the Western Empire, while the Eastern Empire controlled future Montenegrin lands to the south and the east." The early seventh century saw another momentous change; the arrival of the Slavs. Eventually they were to give rise, in Ra

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