Bardylis

Bardylis

Background Bardylis (Bardhyll in modern Albanian language) was king of the Illyrians during 393-358 B.C.E. He was born around 448 B.C.E. as a member of the Illyrian tribe of the Enchelei. The Enchelei inhabited primarily the area around lake Lychnidus (Ohrid). Although from a humble origin, Bardylis would soon become the ruler of many Illyrian tribes and form one of […]

Dardania under Roman Rule

Dardania under Roman Rule

Episode I: Establishing Roman Rule over Dardania The successful campaign of Sribonus Curio (75-73 B.C.E.) against Dardania was not followed by the immediate annexation of this region from the Roman Republic. The Dardanians continued the resistance against the Romans. It can be stated that, after Curio’s campaign, their territory was turned into a semi-independent state (foedus iniquum). The Dardanians resisted […]

Lissus, the Illyrian city built with stones

Lissus, the Illyrian city built with stones

Episode I: Navigating controversial accounts In his work “Bibliotheca Historica”, Diodorus Siculus, after writing about the alliance of Dionysius I of Syracuse (the Elder) (r. 432-367) with the Illyrian king Bardylis (r. 393-358), suggests that the tyrant of Syracuse sent a group of colons east of the Adriatic to establish a settlement there. Diodorus writes the following: “…the Parians, in […]

Dardania and the Dardanians

Dardania and the Dardanians

Episode I: Introduction Dardania is the name of the ancient region and state corresponding to the current territory of Kosova, southern Serbia, northern North Macedonian Republic, and eastern Montenegro. The Dardanians, the ethnics of Dardania, are mentioned for the first time in the Egyptian account describing the events of 1274 B.C.E. According to the Egyptian description, the Dardanians participated in […]