Adea Eurydice: The Teen Queen Who Shook an Empire

Adea Eurydice: The Teen Queen Who Shook an Empire

Adea Eurydice was born sometime between 338-335 B.C.E., to Amyntas IV, son of Perdiccas III, and Cynane, daughter of Philip II’s wife, Audata. She grew up without a father since, soon after birth, the newly crowned king Alexander III had Amyntas executed. Her mother Cynane, herself of Illyrian origin, dealt carefully with her education. Adea’s lessons, unlike those of other […]

Albanian Museums: Top 10 Museums to Visit in Albania

Albanian Museums: Top 10 Museums to Visit in Albania

Have you ever wondered what’s on display in the Albanian museums? This piece offers a sneak-peak into Albania’s most important museums; check out this list of top Albanian museums. 1. National History Museum / Muzeu Historik Kombëtar (Tirana) The National Museum of History is a central attraction of Albanian capital Tirana. It’s the most important and largest museum in the […]

First Illyrian War: Roman Republic’s First Military Engagement in Eastern Adriatic

First Illyrian War: Roman Republic’s First Military Engagement in Eastern Adriatic

The First Illyrian War was fought between the Romans and the Illyrians during 229-228 B.C.E. Rather than the actual combats, scholars have tended to matters related to reasons that pushed the Romans into this war and the nature of Roman possessions after the war. The First Illyrian War represents Rome’s first military campaign east of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. […]

Albanian Paintings: Top 10 Masterpieces to Discover in Albania

Albanian Paintings: Top 10 Masterpieces to Discover in Albania

Albanian paintings date back since ancient times but names of artists appear only during Medieval times. From then this art has developed with interruptions and suppression, with iconic paintings leaving their marks in national identity; here are the top Albanian paintings of all times.  1. Sister Tone (Motra Tone), 1883 – Kolë Idromeno (1860-1939) The portrait “Motra Tone” is Albania’s […]

Albanian Natural Parks: Top 10 Natural Parks to Visit in Albania

Albanian Natural Parks: Top 10 Natural Parks to Visit in Albania

Albanian Natural Parks are among the most beautiful in the Balkans. Also, Albania is among the European countries with the largest protected surfaces per overall surface. Among many, these are top 10 must-visit Albanian Natural Parks. 1. Divjakë-Karavasta The national park Divjakë-Karavasta in west-central Albania is the largest lagunar area in Albania. It consists of four lagoons with a combined […]

Albanian Archaeological Parks: Top 10 Ancient Sites to Explore in Albania

Albanian Archaeological Parks: Top 10 Ancient Sites to Explore in Albania

Albanian archaeological parks are among must-visit attractions in Albania. Almost all of them date back at least to Antiquity revealing artifacts of a sophisticated civilization. The following are our top 10 picks of Albanian archaeological parks. 1. Pojan / Apollonia Apollonia is one of the richest archaeological centers in Albania. Standing on a landscape not harmed by human urbanization, the […]

Illyrian Kings: A Handbook on Illyrian Monarchy; Main Rulers and Dynasties.

Illyrian Kings: A Handbook on Illyrian Monarchy; Main Rulers and Dynasties.

Illyrian kings are mentioned in few literal sources, even those written by ancient Greek and Roman authors, thus external and often hostile to Illyrians. As such, their names come up only in events concerning the Hellenes or Romans themselves. The absence of written records in Illyrian language (recognized as a spoken language) leaves inherent gaps in political developments that would […]