In 977, the future Bulgarian king Samuil (997-1014) undertook several campaigns in the Byzantine lands - in Mysia, in Thrace, in Macedonia, in Thessaly and the Peloponnese; even besieged the fortress of Larissa in Thessaly and after 5 years captured it.

The victory of the Bulgarian army in Trajan's Gate pass, August 17, 986.

Tombstone in memory of the parents and eldest brother of King Samuel (997-1014) 992-993, marble, Church of St. German", the village of German, southern shore of the Prespa lake "† In the name of the father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit, I Samuel, servant of God, commemorate my father and mother and brother of this cross. These are the names of the deceased: Servant of God Nicholas, [Ripsimia and] David. It was written in the year of the creation of the world 6501 [992/93], indict [6]'.
Tombstone in memory of the parents and eldest brother of King Samuel (997-1014) 992-993, marble, Church of St. German", the village of German, southern shore of Lake Prespa
"† In the name of the father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit, I, Samuel, the servant of God, lay the memorial of [my] father and [my] mother and [my] brother on this cross. These are the names of the deceased: Servant of God Nicholas, [Ripsimia and] David. It was written in the year of the creation of the world 6501 [992/93], indict [6]'.

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