DOI :10.26650/PB/AA10AA14.2023.001.006   IUP :10.26650/PB/AA10AA14.2023.001.006    Tam Metin (PDF)

A Prosopographical Approach to the First Türk Empire

Agustí Alemany

Some years ago, we undertook a project with the goal of laying the foundations for a prosopographical work dealing with Eurasian steppe nomads in the Pre-Mongol period. The aforesaid project was impeded by several circumstances, but some first results from it are available in two papers, covering a series of preliminary guidelines and including data mining tables extracted from Jones-Martindale-Morris’ Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire (AD 260-641), in fact a collection of persons related to Alans, Huns, Oghus, Avars, Türks, Khazars and their counterparts among sedentary empires and other neighboring peoples. Our paper for the 9th International Congress of Turcology intends to resume work by applying the same methodology to the First Türk Empire (AD 552-659) and carrying out data mining after Chavannes and Liu Mau-Tsai’s source-books, thus providing at least a useful tool for easy reference. Our main goal is to make the project known to Turkish scholars and to look for eventual collaboration on a larger scale.


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