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Literally, the ‘dray(way) across’, used for the portage of ships across the Isthmus of Corinth. Invented by Periander in the 7th century bc, the technique involved hauling ships on a carriage running in grooves cut on a stone track across the Isthmus, thus avoiding the dangers of a long sea journey round the southern promontories of the Peloponnese.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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