Požarevac (Serbian Cyrillic: Пожаревац, pronounced [ˈpɔʒaːrɛʋat͡s]) is a city and municipality located in eastern Serbia. It is the administrative center of the Braničevo District of Serbia. In 2002, the city had total population of 41,736, while the municipality had 74,902 residents.
It was known as Margus in Latin after the Roman conquest in the 1st century BC; it was inhabited by Thracians, Dacians and Celtics. Nearby Viminacium (Kostolac) was the provincial capital of Moesia Superior, of which Margus was part of (Kostolac is now a town in the municipality). The city, still known as Margus under the Eastern Roman Empire, was the site of the treaty between the Hun leaders Attila and Bleda and the Byzantine Empire (435 AD). Margus was sacked by the Huns in their invasion of the Eastern Roman Empire in 442.
It is historically known as the site of the signing the Treaty of Passarowitz (1718).
Today, the town is perhaps best known as the hometown of Serbian President Slobodan Milošević. He was born there on 20 August 1941 during the Axis occupation in World War II and later buried on 18 March 2006 after his trial at The Hague ended without a verdict.
The Bronze Age figurine "Idol of Klicevac" was found in a grave in village Klicevac; it was destroyed during World War I.
The National Museum in Belgrade and Pozarevac kept some 40,000 items found in Viminacium, of which over 700 made of gold and silver. Among them are many objects that represent the European and world rarities invaluable.
In June 2008, a Triballian (Thracian) grave was found together with ceramics (urns), dating from 1st millennium BC.
Municipality of Požarevac includes the following settlements:
* Selo Kostolac
* Ljubičevsko naselje
In the 2008 reform of Serbian local government, Požarevac received status of a city, and the town of Kostolac became the seat of the second city municipality. Požarevac is the smallest Serbian city consisting of two municipalities.
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