The Illyrians (The Peoples of Europe) by John Wilkes

By John Wilkes

For greater than 1000 years ahead of the coming 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 ebook, now to be had in paperback, attracts upon the substantial archaeological proof that has turn into to be had because the moment global battle to supply an account of the origins, tradition, heritage and legacy of the Illyrians.John Wilkes describes the geography of Illyria and surveys the zone within the prehistoric, Greek, Roman and medieval sessions. He discusses Illyrian paintings, 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 proof 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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The hoards o f working tools and ingots testify to the speci al ist smith, and those of finished metal goods to thc activity of the travclling merchant. Hithcrto the Adriatic coast and hinterland were remotc from the main centres of stone-using farmers and the first spread of metal. The balance now shifts i n the sense that III Butmir: Munro 1 900, 1 8 9-2 1 7 ; Li siciCi : 1 976a, 1 9 8 1 ; Maliq: Prendi 1 9 77-8 . Benac 1 971 <1 ; Dal mati a : Marovic Figure 3 Remains of Neolithic pile-dwellings at Maliq, Albania the Dal matian coast is j oi n e d by sea routes with Italy a n d the Aegean.

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