The Greek colonization of the Adriatic started reasonably late, during the 4th century AD. During the founding of small port settlements, these colonies maintained direct contact with the Illyrian population.
Judging by the olove tree, which is two thousand years old, according to the experts, in Mirovica, a settlement not far away from the OldTown, the auatochthonous Illyrian population received the culture of olive-growing from the mighty Greek civilization. Those numerous contacts with the Hellenic people can be traced thanks to the Greek paint where preserved, and on the basis of the fragments from the Gnatia vases, Italo-Greek amphorae and various other ddishes.
There is an interesting piece of information, dating from 1553, namely, in one document, it said that the "town was founded on Volujica Hill by the Trojns, that it was abandoned because of pirates, and that its remains are still visible". This is, of course, a romantic visionm typical if the time, when the nobles dreamed about a local myth which would connect the town with a Hellenic origin. However, we must not neglect the motivation which drove the writer to write something like this. This could have been the finding of a Greek vase (or some other Hellenic object) which were, according to the local folk tales, found as "colourful dishes" at several places in the town. One such vase was found in the area of Bar and is kept in the Earth Museum in Sarajevo today.