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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Voevods of Skyros during the Ottoman era in Greece

The Voevod, a title of Slavonic origin, given to rulers of the countries bordering on the river Danube, ultimately has the meaning of an official who buys off/hires the privilege of collecting taxes from the Greek serfs (ragiades). On the island of Skyros, under Turkish rule, we know that the voevod participated in the financial side of government and had both judicial and administrative responsibilities. After the occupation of the island in 1538 by Capoudan Pasha Hairedin Barbarossa, Skyros was forced to pay one thousand ducats a year. Based on private and public documents of the time, a catalogue has been drafted of the Voevods of Skyros from 1739 AD up to the time of Liberation. The citing of similar documents gives one some idea of the Voevods’ authority.