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Ορέσται). A people of northern Epirus, originally independent of the Macedonian kings, though afterwards subjected to their dominion. At a later period, having revolted under the protection of a Roman force, they were declared free on the conclusion of peace between Philip and the Romans (Livy, xxxiii. 34). Their country apparently contained but few towns. Among these Orestia is named by Stephanus Byzantinus, who declares it to have been the birthplace of Ptolemy, the son of Lagus. Its foundation was ascribed by tradition to Orestes.

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