via Egnatia

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Roman road built c.130 bc from the Adriatic coast to Byzantium; named after the proconsul in Macedonia Gnaeus Egnatius, the via Egnatia was the main route from Rome to the east. Two branches of the road, starting respectively from Dyrrhachium and Apollonia, united in the Skumbi valley, crossed the Balkan range by Lake Lychnidus, and descended to Thessalonica by way of Pella, whence it followed the Thracian coast to Byzantium.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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