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date: 20 March 2023



  • Peter Sidney Derow


Teuta, queen of the Illyrian Ardiaei (see illyrii) and regent for Pinnes after the death of his father, King Agron (231 bce). Teuta maintained Agron's policy of expansion in the Adriatic, but Rome's notice had already been attracted; as she continued the siege of Issa (230), the embassy of the brothers Gaius and Lucius *Coruncanius was being dispatched. Whether the embassy reached Teuta or not is disputed, but the death of one of the Roman envoys at the hands of Illyrian pirates (see piracy) gave Rome the occasion to declare war against her (229). Teuta was betrayed by *Demetrius(7) of Pharos, who offered *Corcyra and his services to the Romans, and after the war (229–228) she saw her realm confined to an area north of Lissus.


  • Roman History and Historiography

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