Category Archives: Albania

Corfu

CORFU   KÉRKIRA; Kerkyra. #96447383 / gettyimages.com The second largest and northernmost of the Ionian Islands, except for some very small ones;  its northeasternmost shores are separated by a narrow channel from Albania. It forms a nome or department in present-day … Continue reading

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Çamëria

ÇAMËRIA Coastal region bordered by the Ionian Sea, now divided between Greece and Albania. In 1941 the Greek section was added to Albania, which had been an Italian possession from 1939.   In 1943 Italian rule ended, by the end of … Continue reading

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Byzantine Empire

BYZANTINE EMPIRE   Also called in English the Eastern Roman Empire, the Later RomanEmpire, or from the Latin name of the Greek city of Byzantion, site of the later Constantinople, BYZANTIUM. 1. Origins. The Byzantine Empire was the continuation of the … Continue reading

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Butrinto

BUTRINTO Italian name of BUTRINT, a small town in the southwestern corner of Albania, opposite the northern end of the island of Corfu; anciently, Buthrotum.   It belonged to the Despots of Epirus after the fall of Constantinople to the … Continue reading

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Bulgaria ~ Byzantine Themes

BULGARIA ~ Byzantine Themes Also see BULGARIA ~ Country Two Byzantine themes (military and civil provinces) in the western Balkans, one in the 10th century, the other during the 11th and 12th centuries, but with quite different territories. The first … Continue reading

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Bulgaria ~ Country

BULGARIA   BULGARIYA ~ Country See also BULGARIA ~ Byzantine themes Country in the eastern Balkans, south of the Danube, with coast on the Black Sea.   The language of the Bulgarians is Slavonic, a consequence of  the Slav incursions into the Balkans, … Continue reading

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Berat

BERAT Inland province in southern Albania, taking its name from the town, in ancient times called Antipatria, and the seat of an Orthodox Bishop.  Between 1923 and 1939 the province extended westwards to the coast.

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Albania(1)

ALBANIA(1)    SHQIPËRIA. Independent country in the western Balkans since 1913, and a region before that of varying extent. 1. Origins.  Its inhabitants are generally believed to be the descendants of the Illyrians, who lived in much of the western … Continue reading

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