Via Egnatia

The Via Egnatia, the great Roman road linking west and east, seen as it passes through Philippi.Photograph by Janet Oakes.

Roman roads were essential to the expansion and consolidation the Roman Empire. They provided efficient means for the movement of armies, officials, and civilians and of mail and trade goods. These major roads were often stone-paved and graded for drainage. They were regularly marked off with mileposts and way stations. The Via Egnatia connected Dyrrhachium, on the Adriatic Sea, to Byzantium via Thessaloniki.

The Via Egnatia, the great Roman road linking west and east, seen as it passes through Philippi.

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