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- the name 'Albania' is derived from the ancient Illyrian tribe called Albanoi who inhabited the provinces of Durrës and Dibër in today's Albania in 200 AD. But the Albanians' name for their country is 'Shqipëri' which means 'the land of eagles'!

- the Albanian language, as one of the original 9 Indo-European languages, is the Europe's oldest language and is not derived from any other language! 

- in 2,000 BC, the Illyrians, from whom the Albanians are the direct descendants, held vast territories covering all of the western Balkans, approximately the territories of today's Albania, northern Greece, and former Yugoslavia!

- Sir William Woodthorpe Tarn, a Fellow of the British Academy, regarded worldwide by historians as having written the definitive work on Alexander the Great, states in the opening paragraph of his book Alexander the Great that Alexander certainly had from his father (Philip II) and probably from his mother (Olymbia) Illyrian or Albanian blood! Alexander, also called the ‘child of a dream’ as it was conceived by his mother in a dream, comes from Albanian “Ka le si ander – Kalesiander - Alexander” that means born from a dream.

-the emperors that Illyria/Albania contributed to the Roman Empire were Claudius II (reign: 268-270), Quintillus (reign: 270), Probus(reign: 276-282), Carus(282-283), his sons: Carinus (reign: 283-285) and Numerian (reign: 283-284), Diocletian (reign: 284-305), Galerius (reign: 305-311), Constantius Chlorus (reign: 305-306), Severus (reign: 306-?), Licinius (reign: 307/8-324), Maximinus (reign: 308-314), Chlorus’s son and one of the most famous emperors, Constantine I ( the Great) (reign: 306-337), after whom Constantinople (modern Istanbul) is named, and Constantine’s three sons: Constantine II (reign: 337-340), Constans (reign: 337-350) and Constantius II (reign: 337-361), and Julian (reign: 361-363).

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