A Turkic people from the Eurasian steppe (q.v.) who migrated westward, by the late fifth century settling beyond the river Don to the east of the Sea of Azov. Justinian I (q.v.) used them as a check on their neighbors, the Cotrigurs (q.v.). The Avars (q.v.) briefly subjected them in the 560s, and they were subsequently incorporated into Bulgaria (q.v.).

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  • Zabergan —    Khan of the Cotrigurs (qq.v.), who was repulsed by the aged Belisarios (q.v.) in 559. Zabergan crossed the frozen Danube (q.v.) in the winter of 558 559. Reaching Thrace (q.v.), he divided his forces into three units. One unit ravaged Thrace,… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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