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Antiquity

Introduction of Albanian Influence

The Roman Empire can be considered a very elusive and mystical empire indeed when it comes to how it acquired strength.  Many historians have concluded that the might of the Roman Empire was achieved through the opportunity that it offered to its conquerors.  The Empire took the best of what it overcame, transplanting that people's culture, workers, and leaders into the mighty empire.  By channeling the skill and might of the conquered directly to the empire, a supreme growth in culture, power, and human advancement was achieved.  Amazingly enough, much of this strength came directly from the people across the Adriatic Sea living in an area known as Illiricum at the time.  It has been documented that a great number of Illyrian men, for example Constantine the Great and Dioclatian, have achieved the highest positions by becoming the rulers of this vast empire.  With the influence of Albanian culture reaching as high places as the Emperor's throne, it can only be imagined how many other positions in the Roman society were filled by the Albanian people.

The Illyrian Leaders

The ancient Albanian civilization of Illiricum went under the influence of the Roman Empire during the reign of Ceaser, or around 30 B.C.  Becoming conquered by the Roman Empire really had no meaning to Illyrians before and certainly not after they became members of Ancient Rome, for Ceaser himself claimed lineage to the ancient Aeneas.  And according to Aeneas, an important stop was made in modern day Albania where a colony of his men was established.  So in a way, Ceaser was only taking over his own people if the legend proved true.  Yet, whatever circumstances lead to the conquering of Illiricum, the explosion of its influence on the Empire after this event is evident in the towering greatness that was Rome.   Rome accepts many leaders as being native Illyrians, or a barbarian, uncultured sort who prevailed only due to their warlike upbringing.  Extraordinary how these "uncultured people" defined the Roman Empire, and later the Byzantine Empire, for nearly a millennium.

Diocletian

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Justinian

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