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US´CANA the chief town of the Penestae, a people of Illyricum, which contained 10,00 inhabitants at the time of the Roman war with Perseus. At the commencement of this war it appears to have been in the hands of Perseus, and the first attempt of the Roman commander, App. Claudius, to obtain possession of the place proved unsuccessful, B.C. 170. (Liv. 43.100.) It would seem, however, to have been afterwards taken by the Romans, since we read that Perseus in the following year surprised Uscana, marching thither in three days from Stubera. (Liv. 43.17, 18.) Shortly afterwards L. Coelius, the Roman commander in Illyricum, made an unsuccessful attack upon Uscana. (Ib. 21.) The site of this town is uncertain.

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