Coins from Epirus
Unlike most other Greeks, the inhabitants of Epirus lived in small villages. The region lay on the periphery of the Greek world, and was far from peaceful; for many centuries it remained a frontier area contested with the Illyrian peoples to the north.

Epirus had great religious significance due to the presence of the shrine and oracle at Dodona – second only to the oracle at Delphi.

Beginning in 370 BC, the Molossian Aeacidae dynasty built a centralized state in Epirus and began expanding their power. The dynasty ended in 232 BC, but Epirus remained a substantial power, unified as the Epirote League, a federal state. In 167 BC, the League fell to the Roman Republic.


(1) Ambracia 426-404 BC
Obverse: Pegasus
Reverse: Head of Athena, strigel behind, A before. Die flaw before Athena's face
Ref: Calciati-35
(2) Epirote League 234-168 BC
Obverse: Laureate, veiled, and draped bust of Dione right, wearing stephane; AI(?) monogram behind, BO before, palm frond below
Reverse: Tripod in wreath, AΠEI-PΩTAN on either side
Ref: None provided