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Greek colonisation in the Adriatic

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The 'Ionian Gulf ' naturally presents itself as a means of access from southern to Central Europe, despite the Alpine arc that makes communication between the Upper Danube and the Po plain very difficult. The Adriatic Sea has also played an important rôle in relations between East and West, Greece and Italy. It was no doubt during the second half of the 2nd millennium that the Liburni were thus able to control Corcyra, Epidamnus and the Italian coast opposite their own coast of northern Dalmatia, and to impose themselves as masters of the 'Ionian Gulf ', when epic legends which had been preserved by the Greek and Latin authors were circulating. This sea is not entirely unknown once the Greek colonisation, particularly to the west, takes off. Different stages of Greek colonisation are discussed.

Keywords: Adriatic sea; Corinthian colonisation; Euboean colonisation; Greek colonisation; Ionian Gulf

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