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Map of ancient Epirus by Heinrich Kiepert, 1902
|Present status||Divided between Greece and Albania|
|The region of Epirus in the 20th century, divided between Greece and Albania.
Grey: approx. extent of Epirus in antiquity;
Epirus (//) is a geographical and historical region in southeastern Europe, now shared between Greece and Albania. It lies between the Pindus Mountains and the Ionian Sea, stretching from the Bay of Vlorë and the Acroceraunian mountains in the north to the Ambracian Gulf and the ruined Roman city of Nicopolis in the south. It is currently divided between the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece and the counties of Gjirokastër, Vlorë, and Berat in southern Albania. The largest city in Epirus is Ioannina, seat of the region of Epirus, with Gjirokastër the largest city in the Albanian part of Epirus.
A rugged and mountainous region, Epirus was the north-west area of ancient Greece. It was inhabited by the Greek tribes of the Chaonians, Molossians, and Thesprotians, and home to the sanctuary of Dodona, the oldest ancient Greek oracle, and the most prestigious one after Delphi. Unified into a single state in 370 BC by the Aeacidae dynasty, Epirus achieved fame during the reign of Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose campaigns against Rome are the origin of the term "Pyrrhic victory". Epirus subsequently became part of the Roman Empire along with the rest of Greece in 146 BC, which was followed by the Byzantine Empire.
The Bridge of Arta.
The Vikos river, Vikos–Aoös National Park.
The Vikos Gorge.
A canyon of the Acheron river.
The walls of ancient Nicopolis.
The Hellenistic theater of Dodona.
Sheep under the shade of a tree near Konitsa.
The bay of Parga.
The region of Himara seen from the Llogara pass.
Preveza seen from the air.
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