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The Dassaretae (Greek: Δασσαρέται), or Dexaroi, (Greek: Δεξάροι) were an ancient Greek[1][2] tribe of Epirus on the border with Illyria near Lake Ohrid.[3] They were the northern-most subtribe of the Chaonians.[4] Theopompus writes of fourteen Epirotian tribes, speakers of a strong west-Greek dialect, of which the Dexaroi were a part. The geographer Hecataeus of Miletus of the 6th century BC described the Dexaroi, the most northern Chaonian tribe, as a Greek-speaking people. Their cities were Pellion, Antipatrea, Chrysondyon, Gertus (or Gerous) and Creonion.[3]

An Illyrian tribe of the same or similar name laid further north between the Dardani and the Ardiaei, which is often confused with that of the Dassaretae of the (Greek) Chaonian group.[5][6][7][8][9] This is confirmed by the fact, which Appian of Alexandria described in his "Illyrian wars" and namely, according to the Greek mythology, Illyrius, the ancestor of the Illyrians, had a daughter, Dassaro, from whom sprang the Illyrian tribe of Dassaretae (or Dasaretii).[10]
Inline citations

^ Hammond, NGL (1994). Philip of Macedon. London, UK: Duckworth.
^ Crew, P. Mack. The Cambridge Ancient History - The Expansion of the Greek World, Eighth to Sixth Centuries B.C. Part 3: Volume 3, p. 284.
^ a b Wilkes, John. The Illyrians. Wiley-Blackwell, 1995, p. 98.
^ Smith, William (2006). A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology and Geography. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC. pp. 423.
^ D. M. Lewis (Editor), John Boardman (Editor), Simon Hornblower (Editor), M. Ostwald (Editor). The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 6: The Fourth Century BC. Cambridge University Press, 1994, p. 423.
^ I.E.S. Edwards, John Boardman, N.G.L. Hammond, Cyril John Gadd, D.M. Lewis, Frank William Walbank, Elizabeth Rawson, John Anthony Crook, Andrew William Lintott, Alan K. Bowman, Michael Whitby, Peter Garnsey, Averil Cameron, and Bryan Ward-Perkins.The Cambridge Ancient History: The Fourth Century B.C. Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 423.
^ Hildegard Temporini and Wolfgang Haase. Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt: Geschichte und Kultur Roms im Spiegel der neueren Forschung. Walter de Gruyter, 1983, p. 537.
^ Wilkes, John. The Illyrians. Wiley-Blackwell, 1995, p. 174.
^ FORMS OF BURIAL IN THE TERRITORY OF YUGOSLAVIA IN THE TIME OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, Summary from the book: Aleksandar Jovanovic, "Rimske nekropole na teritoriji Jugoslavije" Centar za arholoska istrazivanja Filozofskog fakulteta, Beograd 1984.
^ Appian's History of Rome: The Illyrian Wars §2

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Smith, William. "A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology and Geography", p. 423.

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