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Agamemnon's Daughter

A Novella and Stories

by Ismail Kadare

Agamemnon's Daughter
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    Nov 2006, 240 pages

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A Short History of Albania

Today, Albania is a country slightly smaller than the USA State of Maryland with a population of about 3.5 million.  It is bordered by Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and the Adriatic Sea. Albanian is spoken by about 6 million people living in Albania, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia.

It is believed by most that Albanians are direct descendants of an Illyrian tribe named "Albanoi".  The Illyrians were Indo-European tribesman who populated the Balkan Peninsula around 1000 BC (Bronze Age/early Iron Age).  The area fell under Roman control in 165 BC, and Christianity arrived in the first century AD (Paul preached in Illyricum).  Following the fall of the Roman Empire the area was invaded by various groups including Goths, Huns, Serbs, Croats and Bulgars.  In 1054 the "Great Schism" (the separation of the Catholic and Orthodox churches) placed Christians in southern Albania under the rule of the ...

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