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The Illyrians
Illyrians
(Ancient Greek: Ἰλλυριοί, Illyrioi; Latin: Illyrii or Illyri) were a group of Indo-European tribes in antiquity, who inhabited part of the western Balkans. [1] The territory the Illyrians
Illyrians
inhabited came to be known as Illyria
Illyria
to Greek and Roman authors, who identified a territory that corresponds to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, part of Serbia
Serbia
and most of central and northern Albania, between the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
in the west, the Drava
Drava
river in the north, the Morava river in the east and the mouth of the Aoos
Aoos
river in the south.[2] The first account of Illyrian peoples comes from the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax, an ancient Greek text of the middle of the 4th century BC that describes coastal passages in the Mediterranean.[3] The name "Illyrians", as applied by the ancient Greeks
Greeks
to their northern neighbors, may have referred to a broad, ill-defined group of peoples, and it is today unclear to what extent they were linguistically and culturally homogeneous. In fact, an Illyric origin was and still is attributed also to a few ancient peoples in Italy, in particular the Iapyges, Dauni
Dauni
and Messapi, as it is thought that, most likely, they had followed Adriatic
Adriatic
shorelines to the peninsula, coming from the geographic "Illyria". The Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
never collectively regarded themselves as 'Illyrians', and it is unlikely that they used any collective nomenclature for themselves.[4] In fact, the name Illyrians
Illyrians
seems to be the name applied to a specific Illyrian tribe, which was the first to come in contact with the ancient Greeks
Greeks
during the Bronze Age,[5] causing the name Illyrians
Illyrians
to be applied pars pro toto to all people of similar language and customs.[6] The term "Illyrians" last appears in the historical record in the 7th century, referring to a Byzantine garrison operating within the former Roman province
Roman province
of Illyricum.[7]

Contents

1 Illyrians
Illyrians
in Greek mythology 2 Origins 3 Nomenclature 4 Depiction in Greco-Roman historiography 5 History

5.1 Hellenistic
Hellenistic
period 5.2 Roman rule

6 Warfare 7 Religion 8 Identities and linguistics 9 Archaeology 10 Legacy

10.1 Middle Ages 10.2 Early modern usage 10.3 In nationalism

10.3.1 South Slavs 10.3.2 Albanians

11 See also 12 References 13 Sources 14 External links

Illyrians
Illyrians
in Greek mythology[edit]

Illyrius
Illyrius
and siblings.

In later Greek mythology,[8] Illyrius
Illyrius
was the son of Cadmus
Cadmus
and Harmonia who eventually ruled Illyria
Illyria
and became the eponymous ancestor of the whole Illyrian people.[9] Illyrius
Illyrius
had multiple sons (Encheleus, Autarieus, Dardanus, Maedus, Taulas and Perrhaebus) and daughters (Partho, Daortho, Dassaro and others). From these, sprang the Taulantii, Parthini, Dardani, Encheleae, Autariates, Dassaretae and the Daors. Autareius had a son Pannonius or Paeon and these had sons Scordiscus and Triballus.[6] A later version of this mythic genealogy gives as parents Polyphemus
Polyphemus
and Galatea, who gave birth to Celtus, Galas, and Illyrius,[10] three brothers, progenitors respectively of Celts, Galatians and Illyrians expresses perceived similarities to Celts
Celts
and Gauls
Gauls
on the part of the mythographe.[citation needed] Origins[edit]

Ethnogenesis of the Illyrians.

Iron Age
Iron Age
Glasinac culture (around 300 BC).

Even before the advent of post-modernism, scholars recognized a "difficulty in producing a single theory on the ethnogenesis of the Illyrians" given their heterogeneous nature.[11] Modern scholarship is unable to refer to the Illyrians
Illyrians
as a unique and compact people and agrees that they were a sum of ill-defined communities without common origins that never merged to a single ethnic entity.[11] On the other hand, some past Pan-Illyrian theories have been dismissed by scholars, based as they were on racialistic notions of Nordicism and Aryanism.[12] The specific theories have found little archaeological corroboration, as no convincing evidence for significant migratory movements from the Luzatian culture into the west Balkans
Balkans
have ever been found.[13][14] Rather, archaeologists from the former Yugoslavia highlighted the continuity between the Bronze and succeeding Iron Age
Iron Age
(especially in regions such as Donja Dolina, central Bosnia-Glasinac, and northern Albania
Albania
(Mat river basin)), ultimately developing the so-called "autochthonous theory" of Illyrian genesis.[14] The "autochthonous" model was most elaborated upon by Alojz Benac and B. Čović. They argued (following the "Kurgan hypothesis") that the 'proto-Illyrians' had arrived much earlier, during the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
as nomadic Indo-Europeans from the steppe. From that point, there was a gradual Illyrianization of the western Balkans leading to historic Illyrians, with no early Iron Age
Iron Age
migration from northern Europe. He did not deny a minor cultural impact from the northern Urnfield cultures, however "these movements had neither a profound influence on the stability.. of the Balkans, nor did they affect the ethnogenesis of the Illyrian ethnos".[15] Aleksandar Stipčević raised concerns regarding Benac's all-encompassing scenario of autochthonous ethnogenesis. He points out "can one negate the participation of the bearers of the field-urn culture in the ethnogenesis of the Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
who lived in present-day Slovenia
Slovenia
and Croatia" or " Hellenistic
Hellenistic
and Mediterranean influences on southern Illyrians
Illyrians
and Liburnians?".[15] He concludes that Benac's model is only applicable to the Illyrian groups in Bosnia, western Serbia
Serbia
and a part of Dalmatia, where there had indeed been a settlement continuity and 'native' progression of pottery sequences since the Bronze Age. Following prevailing trends in discourse on identity in Iron Age
Iron Age
Europe, current anthropological perspectives reject older theories of a longue duree (long term) ethnogenesis of Illyrians,[16] even where 'archaeological continuity' can be demonstrated to Bronze Age
Bronze Age
times.[17] They rather see the emergence of historic Illyrians
Illyrians
tribes as a more recent phenomenon - just prior to their first attestation.[16]

Illyrian colonization of Italy
Italy
(IX century BC).[18]

The impetus behind the emergence of larger regional groups, such as "Iapodes", "Liburnians", "Pannonians" etc., is traced to increased contacts with the Mediterranean and La Tène 'global worlds'.[19] This catalyzed "the development of more complex political institutions and the increase in differences between individual communities".[20] Emerging local elites selectively adopted either La Tène or Hellenistic
Hellenistic
and, later, Roman cultural templates "in order to legitimise and strengthen domination within their communities. They were competing fiercely through either alliance or conflict and resistance to Roman expansion. Thus, they established more complex political alliances, which convinced (Greco-Roman) sources to see them as ‘ethnic’ identities."[21] Contemporary perspectives again highlight that the term "Illyrian" was a 'catch-all' exonym used by the Greeks
Greeks
and Romans to denote diverse communities beyond Epirus and Macedonia. Each was differentially conditioned by specific local cultural, ecological and economic factors; none of which fall into a compact, unitary "Illyrian" narrative.[citation needed] Nomenclature[edit]

Illyrian sites.

The name of Illyrians
Illyrians
as applied by the ancient Greeks
Greeks
to their northern neighbours may have referred to a broad, ill-defined group of peoples, and it is today unclear to what extent they were linguistically and culturally homogeneous. The Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
never collectively regarded themselves as 'Illyrians', and it is unlikely that they utilized any collective nomenclature for themselves.[4] The term Illyrioi may originally have designated only a single people who came to be widely known to the Greeks
Greeks
due to proximity.[22] This occurred during the Bronze Age, when Greek tribes were neighboring the southernmost Illyrian tribe of that time in the Zeta plain
Zeta plain
of Montenegro.[5] Indeed, such a people known as the Illyrioi have occupied a small and well-defined part of the south Adriatic
Adriatic
coast, around Skadar Lake
Skadar Lake
astride the modern frontier between Albania
Albania
and Montenegro. The name may then have expanded and come to be applied to ethnically different peoples such as the Liburni, Delmatae, Iapodes, or the Pannonii. In any case, most modern scholars are certain the Illyrians
Illyrians
were not a homogeneous entity.[23] Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
referred, in his Natural History, to "Illyrians proper" (Illyrii proprie dicti) as natives in the south of Roman Dalmatia. Appian's Illyrian Wars
Illyrian Wars
employed the more common broader usage, simply stating that Illyrians
Illyrians
lived beyond Macedonia and Thrace, from Chaonia
Chaonia
and Thesprotia
Thesprotia
to the Danube River.[24] Depiction in Greco-Roman historiography[edit] Illyrians
Illyrians
were regarded as bloodthirsty, unpredictable, turbulent, and warlike by Greeks
Greeks
and Romans.[25] They were seen as savages on the edge of their world.[26] Polybius
Polybius
(3rd century BC) wrote: "the Romans had freed the Greeks
Greeks
from the enemies of all mankind".[27] According to the Romans, the Illyrians
Illyrians
were tall and well-built.[28] Herodianus writes that " Pannonians
Pannonians
are tall and strong always ready for a fight and to face danger but slow witted".[29] Livy
Livy
wrote "...the coasts of Italy
Italy
destitute of harbours, and, on the right, the Illyrians, Liburnians, and Istrians, nations of savages, and noted in general for piracy, he passed on to the coasts of the Venetians". Illyrian rulers wore bronze torques around their necks.[30] History[edit] Hellenistic
Hellenistic
period[edit] Further information: Illyrian warfare

Central and northern Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
and neighbours during the Roman period.

Southern Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
and northwestern Greeks
Greeks
prior to Roman conquest

Illyria
Illyria
appears in Greco-Roman historiography from the 4th century BC. The Illyrians
Illyrians
formed several kingdoms in the central Balkans, and the first known Illyrian king was Bardyllis. Illyrian kingdoms
Illyrian kingdoms
were often at war with ancient Macedonia, and the Illyrian pirates were also a significant danger to neighbouring peoples. At the Neretva Delta, there was a strong Hellenistic
Hellenistic
influence on the Illyrian tribe of Daors. Their capital was Daorson
Daorson
located in Ošanići near Stolac
Stolac
in Herzegovina, which became the main center of classical Illyrian culture. Daorson, during the 4th century BC, was surrounded by megalithic, 5 meter high stonewalls, composed out of large trapeze stones blocks. Daors
Daors
also made unique bronze coins and sculptures. The Illyrians
Illyrians
even conquered Greek colonies
Greek colonies
on the Dalmatian islands. Queen Teuta
Teuta
was famous for having waged wars against the Romans. After Philip II of Macedon
Macedon
defeated Bardylis
Bardylis
(358 BC), the Grabaei under Grabos became the strongest state in Illyria.[31] Philip II killed 7,000 Illyrians
Illyrians
in a great victory and annexed the territory up to Lake Ohrid.[32] Next, Philip II reduced the Grabaei, and then went for the Ardiaei, defeated the Triballi
Triballi
(339 BC), and fought with Pleurias (337 BC).[33] In the Illyrian Wars
Illyrian Wars
of 229 BC, 219 BC and 168 BC Rome overran the Illyrian settlements and suppressed the piracy that had made the Adriatic
Adriatic
unsafe for Italian commerce.[34] There were three campaigns, the first against Teuta
Teuta
the second against Demetrius of Pharos[35] and the third against Gentius. The initial campaign in 229 BC marks the first time that the Roman Navy
Roman Navy
crossed the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
to launch an invasion.[36] The Roman Republic
Roman Republic
subdued the Illyrians
Illyrians
during the 2nd century BC. An Illyrian revolt
Illyrian revolt
was crushed under Augustus, resulting in the division of Illyria
Illyria
in the provinces of Pannonia
Pannonia
in the north and Dalmatia
Dalmatia
in the south.[citation needed] Roman rule[edit] Further information: Illyricum (Roman province), Moesia, and Dalmatia

The Roman province
Roman province
of Illyricum.

The Roman province
Roman province
of Illyricum or Illyris Romana or Illyris Barbara or Illyria
Illyria
Barbara replaced most of the region of Illyria.[37] It stretched from the Drilon river in modern Albania
Albania
to Istria
Istria
(Croatia) in the west and to the Sava
Sava
river (between Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
and northern Croatia) in the north.[37] Salona
Salona
(Solin near modern Split in Croatia) functioned as its capital. The regions which it included changed through the centuries though a great part of ancient Illyria remained part of Illyricum as a province while south Illyria
Illyria
became Epirus Nova.[citation needed] After 9 AD, the remnants of Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
moved to new coastal cities and larger and more capable civitates.[38] The prefecture of Illyricum was established in the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), existing between 376 and the 7th century. The northern half of formerly Illyrian-inhabited territory was overrun by the Slavic incursions in the 6th and 7th centuries and was ultimately absorbed into the medieval states of Serbia
Serbia
and Croatia. Warfare[edit] Main article: Illyrian warfare The history of Illyrian warfare
Illyrian warfare
spanned from around the 10th century BC up to the 1st century AD in the region defined by Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
and Latin
Latin
historians as Illyria. It concerns the armed conflicts of the Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
and their kingdoms in the Balkans
Balkans
in Italy
Italy
as well as pirate activity in the Mediterranean and Adriatic
Adriatic
seas. Apart from conflicts between Illyrians
Illyrians
and neighbouring nations and tribes, numerous wars were recorded among Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
also.[citation needed] Religion[edit] See also: Paleo-Balkanic mythology The mythology and religion of the Illyrians
Illyrians
is only known through mention of Illyrian deities on Roman Empire
Roman Empire
period monuments, some with interpretatio Romana.[39] There appears to be no single most prominent Illyrian god and there would have been much variation between individual Illyrian tribes. According to John Wilkes, the Illyrians
Illyrians
did not develop a uniform cosmology on which to center their religious practices.[40] The Illyrian town of Rhizon
Rhizon
(present-day Risan, Montenegro) had its own protector called Medauras depicted as carrying a lance and riding on horseback.[41] Human sacrifice also played a role in the lives of the Illyrians.[42] Arrian
Arrian
records the chieftain Cleitus the Illyrian as sacrificing three boys, three girls and three rams just before his battle with Alexander the Great.[citation needed] The most common type of burial among the Iron Age
Iron Age
Illyrians
Illyrians
was tumulus or mound burial. The kin of the first tumuli was buried around that, and the higher the status of those in these burials the higher the mound. Archaeology
Archaeology
has found many artifacts placed within these tumuli such as weapons, ornaments, garments and clay vessels. Illyrians
Illyrians
believed these items were necessary for a dead person's journey into the afterlife.[citation needed] Identities and linguistics[edit] Main article: Illyrian languages Further information: Messapian language, Venetic language, Paleo- Balkans
Balkans
languages, and Thraco-Illyrian The Illyrians
Illyrians
were subject to varying degrees of Celticization,[43] Hellenization,[44] Romanization,[45] and later Slavicization. The languages spoken by the Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
were Indo-European. It is not clear whether the Illyrian languages
Illyrian languages
belonged to the centum or the satem group. The vast majority of our knowledge of Illyrian is based on Messapian, if the latter is considered an Illyrian dialect. The non-Messapic testimonies of Illyrian are too fragmentary to allow any conclusions whether Messapian should be considered part of Illyrian proper. It has been widely thought that Messapian was related to Illyrian. Messapian (also known as Messapic) is an extinct Indo-European language of south-eastern Italy, once spoken in Messapia (modern Apulia). It was spoken by the three Iapygian tribes of the region: the Messapians, the Daunii
Daunii
and the Peucetii. The Illyrian languages were once thought to be connected to the Venetic language but this view was abandoned.[46] Other scholars have linked them with the adjacent Thracian language
Thracian language
supposing an intermediate convergence area or dialect continuum, but this view is also not generally supported. All these languages were likely extinct by the 5th century[47] although traditionally, the Albanian language
Albanian language
is identified as the descendant of Illyrian dialects that survived in remote areas of the Balkans
Balkans
during the Middle Ages, but evidence "is too meager and contradictory for us to know whether the term Illyrian even referred to a single language".[48] The ancestor dialects of Albanian would have survived somewhere along the boundary of Latin
Latin
and Greek linguistic influence (the Jireček Line). There are various modern historians and linguists believe that modern Albanian language might have descended from a southern Illyrian dialect[49][50][51][52][53][54][55][excessive citations] whereas an alternative hypothesis holds that Albanian was descended from Thracian.[47] Not enough is known of the ancient language to completely prove or disprove either hypothesis (see Origin of Albanians).[56] Archaeology[edit] Further information: Prehistoric Balkans

Details of the late antique cathedral complex in Byllis, Albania
Albania
and the Adriatic
Adriatic
sea in the distance.

Walls of ancient Daorson, located at Ošanići near Stolac
Stolac
in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are few remains to connect with the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
with the later Illyrians
Illyrians
in the western Balkans. Moreover, with the notable exception of Pod near Bugojno
Bugojno
in the upper valley of the Vrbas River, nothing is known of their settlements. Some hill settlements have been identified in western Serbia, but the main evidence comes from cemeteries, consisting usually of a small number of burial mounds (tumuli). In the cemeteries of Belotić
Belotić
and Bela Crkva, the rites of exhumation and cremation are attested, with skeletons in stone cists and cremations in urns. Metal implements appear here side-by-side with stone implements. Most of the remains belong to the fully developed Middle Bronze Age.[citation needed] During the 7th century BC, the beginning of the Iron Age, the Illyrians
Illyrians
emerge as an ethnic group with a distinct culture and art form. Various Illyrian tribes
Illyrian tribes
appeared, under the influence of the Halstatt cultures from the north, and they organized their regional centers.[57] The cult of the dead played an important role in the lives of the Illyrians, which is seen in their carefully made burials and burial ceremonies, as well as the richness of the burial sites. In the northern parts of the Balkans, there existed a long tradition of cremation and burial in shallow graves, while in the southern parts, the dead were buried in large stone, or earth tumuli (natively called gromile) that in Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were reaching monumental sizes, more than 50 meters wide and 5 meters high. The Japodian tribe (found from Istria
Istria
in Croatia
Croatia
to Bihać
Bihać
in Bosnia) have had an affinity for decoration with heavy, oversized necklaces out of yellow, blue or white glass paste, and large bronze fibulas, as well as spiral bracelets, diadems and helmets out of bronze.[citation needed] Small sculptures out of jade in form of archaic Ionian plastic are also characteristically Japodian. Numerous monumental sculptures are preserved, as well as walls of citadel Nezakcij near Pula, one of numerous Istrian cities from Iron Age. Illyrian chiefs wore bronze torques around their necks much like the Celts
Celts
did.[58] The Illyrians were influenced by the Celts
Celts
in many cultural and material aspects and some of them were Celticized, especially the tribes in Dalmatia[59] and the Pannonians.[60] In Slovenia, the Vače situla
Vače situla
was discovered in 1882 and attributed to Illyrians. Prehistoric remains indicate no more than average height, male 165 cm (5 ft 5 in), female 153 cm (5 ft 0 in).[29] Legacy[edit] Middle Ages[edit] The Illyrians
Illyrians
were mentioned for the last time in the Miracula Sancti Demetrii during the 7th century.[61] With the disintegration of the Roman Empire, Gothic and Hunnic tribes raided the Balkan peninsula, forcing many Illyrians
Illyrians
to seek refuge in the highlands. With the arrival of the Slavs
Slavs
in the 6th century, most Illyrians
Illyrians
were Slavicized. Early modern usage[edit] During the late Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and the Renaissance, the term "Illyrian" was used to describe Slavs
Slavs
living within the territories of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Serbia
Serbia
(and in other countries abroad). The term was revived again during the Habsburg Monarchy, but it was designated towards South Slavs. In nationalism[edit] South Slavs[edit] Further information: Illyrian movement When Napoleon
Napoleon
conquered part of the South Slavic lands in the beginning of the 19th century, these areas were named after ancient Illyrian provinces. Under the influence of Romantic nationalism, a self-identified "Illyrian movement" in the form of a Croatian national revival, opened a literary and journalistic campaign initiated by a group of young Croatian intellectuals during the years of 1835–49.[62] This movement, under the banner of Illlyrism, aimed to create a Croatian national establishment under Austro-Hungarian rule but was repressed by the Habsburg authorities after the failed Revolutions of 1848.[citation needed] Albanians[edit] Further information: Albanian nationalism The possible continuity between the Illyrian populations of the Western Balkans
Balkans
in antiquity and the Albanians
Albanians
has played a significant role in Albanian nationalism
Albanian nationalism
from the 19th century until the present day. For example, Ibrahim Rugova, the first President of Kosovo introduced the "Flag of Dardania" on October 29, 2000, Dardania being the name for a Thraco-Illyrian region including parts of eastern Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Southern Serbia. See also[edit]

List of ancient tribes in Illyria List of rulers in Illyria Illyrian weaponry Illyrian languages Illyrian warfare Paleo-Balkan mythology Origin of Albanians Adriatic
Adriatic
Veneti Liburnians Prehistory of the Balkans Early history of Bosnia and Herzegovina History of Croatia
Croatia
before the Croats Prehistoric Serbia

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Illyrians
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Illyrians
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Slavs
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Illyrians
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