Illyro-Roman

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Illyro-Romans were the Romanized Illyrians within the ancient Roman provinces of Illyricum, Moesia and Dardania. The remnants of the Illyro-Romans were absorbed into successive waves of settlers to the Balkans.

The Illyrian tribes were considered barbarians by both the Romans in Italy and the Hellenic peoples in the Southern Balkans. The conquest of Illyria in 168BC, along with that of Epirus, consolidated the Roman domain over the Adriatic Sea. However, the Romanization of these barbarian peoples eventually transformed them into the most valuable soldiers of the Late Roman Army, with a substantial portion of the officials and generals coming from a northern balkanic background, such as Illyria, Dalmatia, Pannonia and Moesia. In fact, most of the successful Roman Emperors, during and after the Crisis of the Third Century were Illyro-Romans, examples include Claudius II Gothicus, Aurelian, Probus and Constantine, amongst others, the so-called Illyrian emperors.

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