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By John Wilkes

For greater than one thousand years sooner than the arriving of the Slavs within the 6th century advert, the lands among the Adriatic and the river Danube, now Yugoslavia and Albania, have been the house of the peoples recognized to the traditional international as Illyrians. This booklet, now on hand in paperback, attracts upon the huge archaeological proof that has turn into to be had because the moment global struggle to supply an account of the origins, tradition, historical past and legacy of the Illyrians.John Wilkes describes the geography of Illyria and surveys the sector within the prehistoric, Greek, Roman and medieval sessions. He discusses Illyrian artwork, fabric, tradition, faith and customs. A bankruptcy examines the Illyrian language, of which little hint survives, and its reference to different Indo-European languages. Professor Wilkes additionally scrutinizes the linguistic facts for the Illyrians' relatedness to different peoples - Thracian, Italic, Greek and Celtic. He concludes with a dialogue of a potential survival of an Illyrian local tradition within the Roman and Byzantine sessions.

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