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Archaeology lecture explores history of ancient Roman highway

Loyola press release - April 2, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Languages and Cultures presents Greek scholar Yannis Lolos, Ph.D., in “Via Egnatia: A Journey Across the Lower Balkans Through Time,” a lecture about the first Roman highway built east of the Adriatic Sea, on Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Lolos will explore the history of the Via Egnatia, which was constructed in the second century B.C., and extended almost 685 miles long and lasted throughout many centuries. It crossed the Roman provinces of Illyria, Macedonia and Thrace, running through territory that is now part of modern Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece and European Turkey. Although the largest part of the roadway has been obliterated or covered by modern roads and land development throughout the 20th century, some sections are still visible, especially near the districts of Peqin and Librazhd in Albania and the cities of Kavala and Alexandroupoli in Greece.

Lolos is a history professor at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece. His specialties include archaeology of the Hellenistic city, Greek and Roman architecture and topography.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Classical Studies Program and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

For more information, contact Loyola professor Connie Rodriguez, Ph.D., at rodrigue@loyno.edu.

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