Molossians (people)

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Epirus in ancient times

The Molossians were, next to the Chaoni and the Thesprotern , the third great tribe that made up the population of Epirus in ancient times .

For geographical reasons as well as because of the abundant agriculture, a general state developed relatively early in Epirus, whose kings from the tribe of the Molossians to Pyrrhos I (approx. 319/18 to 272 BC) played an important role in history to have. The Illyrian king Bardylis subjugated Epirus in 385 BC. And the previously expelled Molossian king Alketas I from the Aiakiden dynasty ascended the throne again.

Based on their typical shepherd dogs, different dog breeds are called Molossians today.