Via Egnatia

27 November 2011

Milestone

The Via Egnatia is one of those almost legendary Roman roads, not unlike the Via Appia. In fact, the Egnatian road is a continuation of the Via Appia: anyone leaving Rome to visit the East, would first travel to Brundisium, cross to Dyrrhachium (modern Dürres), and travel along the Via Egnatia to Thessalonica, to Amphipolis, Philippi, and Byzantium. On many places, the road still exists, although the modern Greek highway with the same name is a more recent project.

The interesting milestone above, which can be seen in the splendid Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, correctly records a distance of 260 miles to Dyrrhachium (CCLX, first line), the builder of the road, praetor Egnatius (second line), and his proconsular powers (third line).

A new page about this road, which was once used by the apostle Paul, is now here.


2300 Ancient Sites on Google Earth

1 November 2011

Kampyr Tepe (Uzbekistan)

On several occasions I have blogged on the possibilities of Google Earth and its online spin-off, Google Maps. My last blog on this topic was a bit over half a year ago, when I had some 1700 items available. In the meantime, I have added more than 550 ancient sites to my list, from all quarters of the ancient world. The grand total now is 2375.

The online version is here and the masterfile can be downloaded here. If you use the latter, do not forget the directory NEW/OFF-TOPIC, which contains many others, still unqualified markers.


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