An ancient city, it was founded in the 7th Century BC as a Greek colony, and has been continuously inhabited ever since. During the reign of William of Albania, Durres was the Albanian capital, from 1914 - 1920.
Today, the city is known for its beaches, tourism, hotels and resorts, tropical climate, downtown area, history, ancient ruins, and culture. People Born in Durres
Durres in People's Lives
Julius Caesar: I commanded the long and arduous Battle of Dyrrhachium here in March of 48 BC, fighting Pompey's forces for months. Though I had the superior forces, Pompey's men had a better position, and without provisions, we were eventually worn down and decided to retreat to Larissa. Pompey was in such disbelief that his men had actualloy managed to defeat
Marc Antony: Now the top general of Julius Caesar second only to him, I joined my legions of men with Caesar's armies here in March of 48 BC. Our forces battled the armies of Pompey here for months, until we were finally defeated, and running dangerously low on food and supplies. We retreated to Larissa.