High school students play football in front of a mural of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš in Podgorica. Petar II Petrović-Njegoš is considered the “father” of modern Montenegro, the nation’s spiritual guide and the author of “The Mountain Wreath”, Montenegro’s most famous epic poem. The figure of Njegoš (and his work) has been continuously reinterpreted for more than a century, according to the needs of the time and the type of government in power. While the Serbian monarchy needed Njegoš to be a putative father of Greater Serbia at the beginning of the 20th century, the communist regime of Titoš made Njegoš a promoter of pan-Slavism and solidarity among the peoples of the Balkans, a concept at the root of the Yugoslav idea.
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