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This article is about the Sorbian/Serbian prince. For the American chemist, see Peter Dervan.
Duke of Serbs (Sorbs and Serbs)
Dervan's Serbia, 7th century.
Successor Miliduch
Born ca. 590
Died 636
Religion Slavic Paganism
Serbian principality under Dervan, as part of Samo's realm in 631.

Dervan or Derwan (Latin: Dervanus, Serbian: Drvan or Drven, Дрван) was an early prince of the Sorbs (fl. 631–636).

He is mentioned by Fredegar in his Latin chronicle as dux gente Surbiorum que ex genere Sclavinorum:[1] "ruler of the people of the Serbs (Sorb autonym: Serby, Serb autonym: Srbi) from the nation of the Slavs".[2] He is the first ruler of the tribe mentioned by name. Fredegar records him being subordinate to the Franks for a long time and then joining the Slavic union of Samo. After the defeat of the Frankish king Dagobert I by the Slavic king Samo near Wogastisburg in 631 or 632, Dervan declared independence from the Franks and "placed himself and his people under the rule of Samo".[3]

Dervan joined Samo in his subsequent wars against the Franks. Further reports of Fredegar imply that Dervan and his people lived to the east of the Saxon Saale. The reference to Dervan in 631/632 is also the first written confirmation of the presence of Slavs north of the Ore Mountains.

He was fighting against Thuringia 631-634 and Dervan was finally defeated by duke Randulf, governor of Thuringia in 636.


  1. ^ Making of the Slavs, page 331
  2. ^ Curta, 109.
  3. ^ Curta, 331.

Further reading[edit]

  • Curta, Florin. The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, c. 500–700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-521-80202-4.
Preceded by
Duke (Dux) of the Surbiorum
(Serbs and Sorbs)

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Prince of the Serbs
Succeeded by
Unknown Archon

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Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:14:04 -0700

The victim, Rhys Dervan, 56, was reported missing about 5 p.m. Monday. His family told authorities he had been scuba diving with his 16-year-old son earlier in the day. The two surfaced safely but then Dervan went back alone for one more dive about 3 ...

WKMG Orlando

WKMG Orlando
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:58:13 -0700

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Rhys Dervan was diving with his 16-year-old son. They surfaced together, but Dervan went back down around 3:30 for a final dive to an underwater cavern about 120 feet below the surface. He never came back up.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:18:45 -0700

A research chemist, a pioneering second-generation conservationist and two leaders who combine business and technological innovation will be the recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May. Peter Dervan, who has ...

Southern Newsroom

Southern Newsroom
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:56:15 -0700

The Southwestern University Chemistry Department will host prestigious Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lecture featuring speaker Peter Dervan, Ph.D., renowned scientist from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). “Professor Dervan is an internationally ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:25:37 -0700

On Sunday, Rhys Dervan took his 16-year old son diving there. Midway through, his son wanted to stop. Rather than get out, his father continued diving. He planned to go to a 120 foot deep underwater cave. According to investigators, he did not switch ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:48:45 -0700

Only divers certified in cavern or cave diving are supposed to go beyond that point. But it's largely up to divers to police themselves. When Rhys Dervan, an Ocoee father, died at Blue Spring earlier this month, the Volusia County Sheriff's recovery ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

The Borodin Quartet will play at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 'You can never be relaxed': the Borodin Quartet's high wire act. Music · Michael Dervan · The Russian quartet have been performing in various incarnations for 70 years, which is no ...
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 -0700

Investigators now say an Albany man, mysteriously burned in March, accidentally set himself on fire. 39-year old Michael Chapman suffered severe burns on most of his back and arms March 29th inside this home on Dervan Street and was in a coma in the ...

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