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Peter Golden

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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...Avars in the mid–late 550s, some Bulgar groupings joined the Avars in Pannonia where the Avars had taken refuge (late 560s), from their Türk enemies. They then participated in Avar raids on the Balkans . Other Bulgars came under western Türk rule. Kubrat , of the royal Dulo clan, ‘lord of the Ononghundur-Bulgars and Kotrags [Kutrigurs?]’, and according to the Chronicle of John of Nikiu (120, 47) a convert to Christianity (in Constantinople in 619), exploited domestic strife among the Avars and western Türks and founded an independent state,...