Cavii (tribe)

The Cavii were an Illyrian tribe.[1][2] They lived close to Lake Shkodër. Their main settlement was Epicaria, which is thought to be probably located around modern-day Pukë.[3][4] They are occasionally mentioned by ancient writers.[5]

Gentius the Illyrian king during the third Illyrian war sent his half-brother Caravantius, detaching 1,000 infantry and 50 horsemen, attacked the Cavii, failing to capture one of their cities while ravaging the fields of the city of Caravandis.[6][7]


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