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  1. cinzia8

    The Via Egnatia

    Hi all: I'm trying to find some resources or a clear picture of how a traveller from Brundisium (Brindisi) would in the spring get to Constantinople. I've read that people avoided sea travel in the spring, so I thought to bring my characters to the big city on the Via Egnatia, but in some general reading I came across a passage paraphrased from Haddon's Warefare, State and Society in the Byzantine World that the western sections of the road were in such a poor state that travelers could barely pass along it. In another instance, I read that it fell mostly into disuse in the 5th century because of regional instability. My question is for anyone familiar with travel in Late Antiquity. What might have been the land travel alternative to the Via Egnatia for one trying to get to Constantinople from Dyrrachium( Durres) ? Or if you know of any resources that focus on life style in late antiquity either or both empires. I have Casson's book on travel in the ancient world, but his information doesn't always cover into the fifth century. As always, any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated. :-) Cinzia
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