previous next

PYLAE CILICIAE (Gülek Boğazi, İçel) Turkey.

One of the most famous mountain passes, this cleft to the S of Mt. Tauros has been used by armies from antiquity (Cyrus the Younger, Alexander) almost to the present day. It also carried a great weight of commercial traffic though this could be interrupted in winter (Cic. Ep. ad Att. 5.21.14). The Via Tauri was improved and the pass widened under Caracalla. A tablet recording his work survives at the Cilician Gates today.


R. P. Harper, “Podandus and the Via Tauri,” AnatSt 20 (1970) 149-53.


hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: