The strategist who revived Durres in the medieval darkness

“Culture in 1 minute” / Episode 10

The Early Middle Ages was not a good period for any European city, including Durres. They had faced the devastating consequences of the invasions of many peoples in the Balkans.

Durres had become a simple city, but everything changed after the Longboards conquered Ravenna and the Byzantines were forced to move their navy to Durres and put Leo Ravduh in charge.

He was a native nobleman and ruled the city for at least 20 years, between the 9th and 10th centuries, marking the city’s two most glorious decades in the Early Middle Ages.

To learn more about him and the monuments he rebuilt or built in the city, watch the video where Durres history researcher Dorian Hatibi brings little-known details and facts.

For more follow the video posted at the top.


Producer and narrator: Geri Emiri
Historical information: Dorian Hatibi
Video-Production: Arlind Veshti

This video was developed with the support of the “Media for All” project, funded by the UK Government. The views and opinions expressed on the video are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the constitutions of the donors.

Photo on the head: From the published video.

Reference: 1. Porfyrogjeneti, Konstandin: Burime tregimtare bizantine pёr historinё e Shqipёrisё shek. X-XV. Tiranё. 1975;
2. Stephenson, Paul: Byzantium’s Balkan Frontier A Political Study of the Northern Balkans, 900- 1204. Cambridge, 2004;
3. Ferluga, Jadran: Drač i dračka oblast pred kraj X i početkom XI veka;
4. Karaiskaj, Gjerak: Kalaja e Durrёsit nё Mesjetё. Monumentet, page 13. Tiranё. 1977;
5. Fine John V.A.: The early medieval Balkans. University of Michigan, 1991.