). A district of Illyricum, along the coast of
the Adriatic Sea, separated from Istria by the river Arsia, and from Dalmatia by the river
Titius. Its inhabitants, the Liburni, supported themselves chiefly by commerce and navigation.
They were celebrated at a very early period as bold and skilful sailors. Their ships were
remarkable for their swift sailing; and hence vessels built after the same model were called
or Liburnae naves.
It was to light vessels of this
description that Augustus was mainly indebted for his victory over Antony's fleet at the
battle of Actium. (See Actium
.) The Liburnians were
the first Illyrian people who submitted to the Romans. See Illyricum