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The Eighth-Century: Let This Be Our Homeland

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Elites of eighth-century Bohemia and Moravia also indicated their status by the import of rare goods from other countries. Sogdians dealt predominantly in silk, precious stones, fragrant substances and slaves. They distinguished themselves by their high level of tolerance, by their understanding of a number of contemporary world religions, and by their eagerness for new knowledge. One of the most interesting icons, known from such eighth-century sites as Rubín by Podbořany (Bohemia) or Mikulčice, is that of a boar’s head. The Avar khanate perished in consequence of the expansionist policy of the Frankish empire under Charlemagne in the last decade of the eighth-century. The religion of Jesus Christ, which was to become the land's faith in the future, was not unknown to the inhabitants of eighth-century Bohemia and Moravia.

Keywords: Avar khanate; eighth-century Bohemia; Jesus Christ; sogdians



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