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The Illyrians


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Part I: The Search for Illyrians:. 1. Rediscovery of Illyrians. 2. Prehistoric Illyrians. 3. Naming Illyrians. Part II: Greek Illyrians:. 4. Neighbours of the Greeks. 5. Enemies of Macedon. 6. Kingdom of Illyrians. Part III: Roman Illyrians:. 7. Illyricum. 8. Life and Death among Illyrians. 9. Imperial Illyrians. Notes. Abbreviations. Bibliography.

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John Wilkes has conducted excavations on Hadrian's Wall and in Scotland. He has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe, and is currently excavating Sparta.


Wilkes (archaeology, Univ. of London) has tackled the difficult task of presenting a people whose scarce artifacts lack the grandeur of other ancient societies and whose ethnic origins and relationships are still a matter for scholarly debate. The first chapter, a history of Illyrian studies, explains how present-day rivalries among Balkan ethnic groups have turned research into a matter of national pride, with some resultant distortion of facts. Relying on archaeological evidence and classical texts, the author then surveys the history (through late Roman times), material culture, religion, and customs of the tribes residing between the Adriatic and the Danube whom Greeks and Romans called Illyrians. Despite constant references to the region's geography, Wilkes provides only one small map to assist the reader; other titles in this series make much greater use of maps to indicate the locations or movements of peoples and pinpoint sites being discussed. Still, this is recommended for larger public and all academic libraries as a solid survey of the subject.--Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. System, Ft. Pierce, Fla.

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