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Antipatrea was an ancient Greek town in the region of Epirus. The founder of the town may have been Cassander who named it after his father Antipater at 314 BC. A fortress-settlement of the Greek Dassaretae (or Dexaroi) tribe existed in the area as the 6th century BC [1] on the old border between Illyria and Epirus[2]. It was captured by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Livy (31.27.2) describes Antipatrea as a strongly fortified city in a narrow pass that the Romans sacked and burned.


1. ^ The Illyrians by J. J. Wilkes,ISBN 0631198075,1992,page 98,"According to Polybius (5.108), the Dassaretae possessed several towns, though none has yet been definitely located, including Pelion Antipatreia(probably Berat)Chrysondym,Gertous or Gerous and Creonion"

2. ^ The Illyrians by J. J. Wilkes,ISBN 0631198075,1992,Page 98,"... the Epirote people of whom the Dexari or Dassaretae were the most northerly and bordered the Illyrian Enchelei, the 'eel-men', whose name points to a location near Lake Ohrid. According to Polybius (5. ..."

* Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca chapters xviii, xix, xx

* Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Demetrius", 18, 31; "Phocion", 31

* Franca Landucci Gattinoni: L'arte del potere. Vita e opere di Cassandro di Macedonia. Stuttgart 2003. ISBN 3-515-08381-2

* The Cambridge ancient history,page 92

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