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In Antiquity the branch of the ethnos of the Eastern Locrians that lived around the Cnemis knew their homeland as Epicnemidian Locris. Until at least the beginning of the Hellenistic period the region was very di ferent from today. Epicnemidian Locris was, at one and the same time, both strategic and peripheral, little known but inescapable. Given the geographical and geomorphological characteristics of the region, the mountain passes were essential elements of regional communication. It was a region little suited to dense human occupation, and one in which its inhabitants had to adapt to numerous difficulties: shortage of cultivable land, seismicity, torrential flooding of rivers and constant expansion of the marshes. To some extent, the very fact that human life took root, and at times prospered, in the region was a not inconsiderable feat and a lesson in adaptation and endurance.

Keywords: Antiquity; Epicnemidian Locris; ethnos



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