The Via Egnatia
The road from Apollonia to Macedonia is called the
The Via Egnatia.
Via Egnatia, which has been measured in miles
and marked out with milestones as far as
Cypselus and the River Hebrus, a distance of five hundred
and thirty-five miles. Reckoning eight and one-third stades
to a mile, the number of stades will be four thousand
four hundred and fifty-eight.Strabo reckons 8 stades to a mile, thus making the number of stades
4280. The exact calculation by Polybius's reckoning is 4458 1/3 stades. The
miles are Roman miles of 5000 feet; therefore, by Strabo's calculation, the
stade is 625 feet, by Polybius's 600 feet. The distance is exactly
the same whether you start from Apollonia or Epidamnus.
The whole road is called the Egnatia, but its first part
has got a name from Candavia, a mountain of Illyria, and
leads through the town of Lycnidus, and through Pylon,
which is the point on the road where Illyria and Macedonia
join. Thessalonica half-way to the Hebrus form Apollonia. Thence it leads over Mount Barnūs,
through Heracleia, Lyncestia, and Eordea, to
Edessa and Pella, and finally to Thessalonica;
and the number of miles is altogether two
hundred and sixty-seven. . . . And the whole distance from
the Ionian Gulf at Apollonia to Byzantium is seven thousand
five hundred stades. . . .

The circumference of the Peloponnesus, ifThe Peloponnesus.
you do not follow the indentations, is four
thousand stades. . . .

The distance from Cape Malea to the IsterFrom C. Malea to the Danube.
is ten thousand stades.Strabo, however, supports the measurement of Artemidorus—6500, explaining that Polybius is taking some practical measurement of a voyage, not
the shortest. . . .