List of people from Serbia is a list of notable people from Serbia. The list contains names of people who are associated with Serbia and its territory by their place of birth, and also by naturalization, domicile, citizenship or some other similar connection, modern or historical. List is territorially defined, and includes all people from Serbia, regardless of their ethnic, linguistic, religious or some other personal distinctions.
Buća, noble family, originating in Kotor during the Middle Ages. Some of their antecedents were writers and poets.
Miroslav of Hum, 12th-century Great Prince (Велики Жупан) of Zachlumia from 1162 to 1190, an administrative division (appanage) of the medieval Serbian Principality (Rascia) covering Herzegovina and southern Dalmatia.
Anonymous author of the Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja, a 12th-century literary work, preserved in its Latin version only, has all the indication that it was written in Old Slavic, or, at least, that a portion of the material included in it existed previously in the Slavic language.
Domentijan (c. 1210–died after 1264), Serbian scholar and writer. For most of his life, he was a monk dedicated to writing biographies of clerics, including "Life of St. Sava."
Bratko Menaion, represents the oldest Serbian transcription of this liturgical book, discovered in the village of Banvani, and written by presbyter Bratko during the reign of king Stefan Vladislav I of Serbia in 1234.
Nikodim I (c. 1250–1325), Abbot of Hilandar (later Serbian Archbishop), issued an edict (gramma) wherein he grants to the monks of the Kelion of St. Sava in Karyes a piece of land and an abandoned monastery. He translated numerous ancient texts and wrote some poetry. Also, he wrote Rodoslov (The Lives of Serbian Kings and Bishops).
Anonymous Athonite (also known in Serbia as Nepoznati Svetogorac; late 14th to mid-15th century) was Isaija the Monk's biographer and one of the many unidentified authors of Medieval works.
Elder Siluan (14th century), author of a hymn to Saint Sava. Hesychasm left a strong imprint in Serbian medieval literature and art, which is evident in works by Domentijan and Teodosije the Hilandarian, but most prominently in the writings of Danilo of Peć, Isaija the Monk and Elder Siluan.
Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow (1336–1406), Bulgarian-born, Serbian clergyman who as the Metropolitan of Moscow wrote The Book of Degrees (Stepénnaya kniga), which grouped Russian monarchs in the order of their generations. The book was published in 1563.
Rajčin Sudić (1335–after 1360), Serbian monk-scribe who lived during the time of Lord Vojihna, the father of Jefimija.
Jefimija (1310–1405), daughter of CaesarVojihna and widow of Jovan Uglješa Mrnjavčević, took monastic vows and is the author of three found works, including "Praise to Prince Lazar". One of the earliest European female writers.
Saint Danilo II, wrote biographies of Serbian medieval rulers, including the biography of Jelena, the wife of King Stefan Dragutin.
Jelena Balšić (1366–1443), educated Serbian noblewoman, who wrote the Gorički zbornik, correspondence between her and Nikon of Jerusalem, a monk in Gorica monastery (Jelena's monastic foundation) on Beška (Island) in Zeta under the Balšići. She is now regarded as a representative of Montenegro because she was married on what eventually became Montenegrin territory, though Montenegro did not exist in her day.
Nikola the Serb (late 14th and early 15th century), Serbian monk-scribe and composer.
Isaiah the Serb, monk-scribe and composer of chants in the 15th century. He finished the translation from Greek to Serbian of the Corpus Areopagiticum, the works of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, in 1371, and transcribed the manuscripts of Joachim, Domestikos of Serbia.
Constantine of Kostenets (fl. 1380–1431), Bulgarian writer and chronicler who lived in Serbia, author of the biography of Despot Stefan Lazarević and of the first Serbian philological study, Skazanije o pismenah (A History on the Letters).
Radoslav Gospels, work of both Celibate Priest Feodor, also known as "Inok from Dalsa" (fl. 1428–1429), who is credited for transcribing the Radoslav Gospel (Tetraevangelion) in the Serbian recension, now in the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg. Radoslav is the famed miniaturist who illuminated the pages.
Dimitrije Kantakuzin, while residing in the Rila monastery in 1469 Kantakuzin wrote a biography of Saint John of Rila and a touching "Prayer to the Holy Virgin" imploring her aid in combating sin.
Konstantin Mihailović (c. 1430–1501), the last years of his life were spent in Poland where he wrote his Turkish Chronicle, an interesting document with a detailed description of the historical events of that period as well as various customs of the Turks and Christians.
Pachomius the Serb (Paxomij Logofet), prolific hagiographer who came from Mount Athos to work in Russia between 1429 and 1484. He wrote eleven saint's lives (zhitie) while employed by the Russian Orthodox Church in Novgorod. He was one of the representatives of the ornamental style known as pletenje slova (word-braiding).
Dimitar of Kratovo, 15th-century Serb writer and lexicographer of the Kratovo Literary School.
Hieromonk Makarije (1465–c. 1530) is the founder of Serbian and Romanian printing, having printed the first book in the Serbian language in Obod (Crnagora) in 1493, and the first book in Wallachia. He also wrote extensively.
Stefan Marinović was a Serb printer from Scutari during the time of Vićenco Vuković, Jerolim Zagurović, Jakov of Kamena Reka and others. The longest-lived printing in the Balkans was done at Scutari, where Stefan Skadranin worked between 1563 and 1580. When his press stopped, because of continued Turkish authority over the region, Serbian printing left the Balkans. Later, Serbian books were printed in Venice, Leipzig, Vienna, and Trieste.
Inok Sava (c. 1530–after 1597) was the first to write and publish a Serbian Primer (syllabary) at the printing press of Giovanni Antonio Rampazetto in Venice in two editions, first on the 20th and the second on the 25th of May 1597, after which the book somehow fell into neglect only to be rediscovered recently.
Vićenco Vuković was one of the major printers of 16th century Serbia, like his father before him.
Mavro Orbin (1563–1614) was the author of the "Realm of the Slavs" (1601) which made a significant impact on Serbian historiography, influencing future historians, particularly Đorđe Branković (count).
Mariano Bolizza (fl. 1614) was a prominent Serbian writer who also wrote in Italian.
Gavril Stefanović Venclović (fl. Bajina Bašta, 1670–Szentendre, 1749), one of the first and most notable representatives of Serbian Baroque and Enlightenment literature, wrote in the vernacular. Milorad Pavić saw Venclović as a living link between the Byzantine literary tradition and the emerging new views on modern literature. He was the precursor of enlightenment aiming, most of all, to educate the common folk.
Zaharije Orfelin (1726–1785), one of the most notable representatives of the Serbian Baroque in art and literature
Radul of Riđani (fl. 1650–1666) was a Serbian Orthodox priest and chieftain of Riđani, and a prolific letter writer who kept the authorities of Perast informed about Ottoman preparations for the Battle of Perast. A collection of his letters are kept in a museum.
Jerotej Račanin (c. 1650–after 1727) was a Serbian writer and copyist of church manuscripts and books. After visiting Jerusalem in 1704 he wrote a book about his travel experiences from Hungary to the Holy Land and back.
Sava Petrović (1702–1782) wrote numerous letters to the Moscow metropolitan and the Empress Elizabeth of Russia about the deploring conditions of the Serb Nation under occupation by the Turks, Republic of Venice and the Habsburg Empire.
Petar I Petrović Njegoš (1748–1830) was a writer and poet besides being a spiritual and temporal ruler of the "Serb land of Montenegro" as he called it.
Sofronije Jugović-Marković (fl. 1789) was a Serbian writer and activist in Russian service. He wrote "Serbian Empire and State" in 1792 in order to raise the patriotic spirit of the Serbs in both the Habsburg and Ottoman empires.
Tomo Medin (1725–1788) was a Montenegrin Serb writer and adventurer. He and Casanova had two duels together.
Stefano Zannowich (1751–1786) was a Montenegrin Serb writer and adventurer. From his early youth, he was prone to challenges and adventures, unruly and dissipated life. He wrote in Italian and French, besides Serbian. He is known for his "Turkish Letters" that fascinated his contemporaries. His works belong to the genre of epistolary novel.
Tripo Smeća (1755–1812) was a Venetian historian and writer who wrote in Italian and in Serbian.
Hadži-Ruvim (1752–1804) was a Serbian Orthodox archimandrite who documented events and wars in his time, established a private library, wrote library bibliographies, collected books in which he drew ornaments and miniatures. He did wood carving and woodcutting.
Pavle Solarić (1779–1821) was Obradović's disciple who wrote poetry and the first book on geography in the vernacular.
Gerasim Zelić (1752–1828), Serbian Orthodox Church archimandrite, traveler and writer (compatriot of Dositej). His chief work was the travel memoirs Žitije (Lives), which also served as a sociological work.
Gligorije Trlajić (1766–1811), writer, poet, polyglot and professor of law at the universities of St. Petersburg and Kharkiv (Harkov), author of a textbook on Civil Law which according to some laid the foundations of Russian civil law doctrine
Vićentije Rakić (1750–1818) was a Serbian writer and poet. He founded the School of Theology (now part of the University of Belgrade) when in 1810 he headed a newly established theological college and in 1812 the first students graduated from it. He was a disciple of Dositej Obradović.
Jovan Pačić (1771–1848) was a Serbian poet, writer, translator, painter, and soldier. He translated Goethe
Laura Pavlović, lyric and spinto soprano opera singer, and a soloist with the Serbian National Theatre Opera in Novi Sad.
Radmila Smiljanić, classical soprano who has had an active international career in operas and concerts since 1965. She is particularly known for her portrayals of heroines from the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.
Miloš Milojević, historian who went to the Kosovo and Metohija region in the 1870s and used three books of travel notes to write a demographic-statistical structure of the mutual relations between Serbs and Albanians before the Serbian-Turkish Wars (1876–1878).
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (1787–1864), philologist and linguist who was the major reformer of the Serbian language. He deserves, perhaps, for his collections of songs, fairy tales, and riddles to be called the father of the study of Serbian folklore. He was also the author of the first Serbian dictionary.
Predrag Đorđević (born 1972), retired, played as a left midfielder for the Greek club Olympiacos for 13 years, becoming Olympiacos' greatest foreign goalscorer, averaging a goal every three league matches, as well as becoming a symbol of Olympiacos' "Golden Age" of 12 championship trophies in 13 years. Đorđević is acknowledged as one of the greatest foreign players to have played in Greece. Đorđević also played for the Serbian football team, amassing 37 caps and 1 goal.