Definitions for illyriaɪˈlɪər i ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Il•lyr•i•aɪˈlɪər i ə(n.)
an ancient country along the E coast of the Adriatic.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived
A region in the western part of today's Balkan Peninsula that was inhabited by the Illyrians, ancient Indo-European people.
In classical antiquity, Illyria was a region in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula inhabited by the Illyrians. The prehistory of Illyria and the Illyrians is known from archaeological evidence. The Romans conquered the region in 168 BC in the aftermath of the Illyrian Wars. "Illyria" is thus a designation of a roughly defined region of the western Balkans as seen from a Roman perspective, just as Magna Germania is a rough geographic term not delineated by any linguistic or ethnic unity. The term Illyris is sometimes used to define an area north of the Aous valley such as Illyris Graeca.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name anciently given to a broad stretch of mountainous country of varying extent lying E. of the Adriatic Sea. The Illyrians were the last Balkan people to be civilised; becoming a Roman province 35 B.C., Illyria furnished several emperors, among them the notorious Diocletian. Constantine extended the province to include all the country S. of the Danube; at the division of the empire, Greece and Macedonia went to the East, the rest to the West; the name was revived by Napoleon, but has since been dropped.
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