Dalmatia. . .was a long, but narrow tract, between the Save and the Adriatic. The best part of the sea-coast, which still retains its ancient appellation, is a province of the Venetian state, and the seat of the little republic of Ragusa. The inland parts have assumed the Sclavonian names of Croatia and Bosnia; the former obeys an Austrian governor, the latter a Turkish pasha; but the whole country is still infested by tribes of barbarians, whose savage independence irregularly marks the doubtful limit of the Christian and Mahometan power.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Reader OBH is dismissive about my chosen hide-out. The founder of the English school of popular history, Edward Gibbon, appears to agree, from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter I at 29 (1776):