Croatia is a southern European country in the European Union, bordered by Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the south, and Serbia to the east. To the west is the Adriatic Sea, where Croatian territorial waters border those of Italy. Geographically, the southern part of Croatia is seen as part of the Balkan Peninsula.
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The extensive collections of Neanderthal fossils dating back around 130,000 years, found in northern Croatia, are evidence that present-day Croatia was inhabited as far back as prehistoric times. In ancient times, Croatia was part of an area called Illyria. Illyria became a client state of the Roman Empire in 168 BC. Emperor Augustus then split this area into the provinces of Pannonia and Dalmatia. Istria, however, was part of Italia in the administrative division of the Romans. Two of the most important remains from the Roman era are the Pula Amphitheater from the 1st century and the Palace of Diocletian in Split from the early 4th century.