"Moreover, you scorned our people, and compared the Albanese to sheep, and according to your custom think of us with insults. Nor have you shown yourself to have any knowledge of my race. Our elders were Epirotes, where this Pirro came from, whose force could scarcely support the Romans. This Pirro, who Taranto and many other places of Italy held back with armies. I do not have to speak for the Epiroti. They are very much stronger men than your Tarantini, a species of wet men who are born only to fish. If you want to say that Albania is part of Macedonia I would concede that a lot more of our ancestors were nobles who went as far as India under Alexander the Great and defeated all those peoples with incredible difficulty. From those men come these who you called sheep. But the nature of things is not changed. Why do your men run away in the faces of sheep?"
Letter from Skanderbeg to the Prince of Taranto ▬ Skanderbeg, October 31 1460

What does Rumelia mean?

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What does Rumelia mean?


Post by Admir » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:34 pm

There's a lot of confusion about Rumelia. What's the meaning of it. What's the definition of a Rum, what's his ethnicity?

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Re: What does Rumelia mean?


Post by Zeus10 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:54 pm

Rumelia denotes a territory ruled by Romioi, and Rum means "Roman" in Turkish, while Rumelia , means "land of the Romans".


The real meaning of the term Rum is a Greek, and their language is the Greek language. It has nothing to do with the mythical forgotten Hellenes, although upon the creation of the Greek state in the 19-th century these Rums, adopted the name Hellenes.
Rumelia is often used to refer Greece itself, like in this passage of 17-th century, 1669:
The sanziack of this place is under the Beglerbeg of Rumelia or Graecia. A trade is driven from hence to Belgrade, and to Thessalonica or Salonichi, and many other places. I have been more particular concerning this city, because geographers pass it over in a few words; and I could never meet with any, who had been at it.
1669 Edward Brown:A Journey through Skopje and Kosovo
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