Amantia - founded 5th Cent BC, was the ancient Greek capital of the Illyrian tribe of Amantes in Epirus.
Antigonea was the chief inland city of the ancient Chaonians within the Epirus region. It was founded in the 3rd century BC by Pyrrhus of Epirus, who named it after one of his wives, Antigone, daughter of Berenice I and step-daughter of Ptolemy I of Egypt. Antigonea was mentioned in writings by the ancient authors Polybius, Livy, Pliny the Elder, and Ptolemy.
During the Second Macedonian War, the inhabitants of Antigonea had taken sides with the Macedonians and so when the Romans were victorious over the Macedonians in 167BC, they sought to punish those who had opposed them. Seventy towns across the Epirus region were set on fire and destroyed, including Antigonea. It was never rebuilt or occupied to the same degree again.
The remains of a Palaeo-Christian church, on the floor of which there is a mosaic and a Greek emblem was possibly the last construction, having been destroyed by Slavs in the 6th Cent AD.
The city covers a large area of the hilltop as evidenced by numerous shards of pottery throughout the site. Mainly covered in grassland, the site features many modern reconstructed building layouts placed over original foundations.
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