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Of them, there are five Orthodox languages: Bulgarian, Greek, Syrian, Iberian (Georgian) and Russian.

Three of these have Orthodox alphabets: Greek, Bulgarian and Iberian.

A Byzantine counteroffensive soon ensued, which drove the Angevins out of the interior by 1281.

The Sicilian Vespers further weakened the position of Charles, and the Kingdom was soon reduced by the Epirotes to a small area around Durrës.

At the beginning of the 15th century these principalities became stronger, especially because of the fall of the Serbian Empire.

Some of these principalities were united in 1444 under the military alliance called League of Lezha.

However approximately 500,000 people are reported to profess an Albanian identity.

While the exonym Albania for the general region inhabited by the Albanians does have connotations to Classical Antiquity, the Albanian language employs a different ethnonym, with modern Albanians referring to themselves as Shqip(ë)tarë and to their country as Shqipëria.

It was discovered in a Serbian manuscript dated 1628 and was first published in 1934 by Radoslav Grujic.

It is disputed, however, whether the "Albanoi" of the events of 1043 refers to Albanians in an ethnic sense or whether "Albanoi" is a reference to Normans from Sicily under an archaic name (there was also a tribe in Italy by the name of "Albanoi").

After the fall of Progon Dynasty in 1216, the principality came under Grigor Kamona and Gulam of Albania. Around 1230 the two main centers of Albanian settlements, one around Devoll river in what is now central Albania, A major attempt to advance further in direction of Constantinople failed at the Siege of Berat (1280–1281).

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