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The Diolkos was a paved trackway near Corinth in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. The phrase "as fast as a Corinthian", penned by the comic playwright Aristophanes, indicates that the trackway was common knowledge and had acquired a reputation for swiftness.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Diolkos Archaeological Area by using our Loutraki road trip planning tool.
The main function of the Diolkos was the transfer of goods, although in times of war it also became a preferred means of speeding up naval campaigns. The 6km to 8.5km long roadway was a rudimentary form of railway, and operated from c. 600 BC until the middle of the 1st century AD. The scale on which the Diolkos combined the two principles of the railway and the overland transport of ships remained unique in antiquity.
The Diolkos saved ships sailing from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea a dangerous sea journey round the Peloponnese, whose three headlands had a reputation for gales, especially Cape Matapan and Cape Malea. By contrast, both the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf were relatively sheltered waters. In addition, the overland passage of the Isthmus, a neck of land 6.4km wide at its narrowest, offered a much shorter route to Athens for ships sailing to and from the Ionian coast of Greece.
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Technical work of paved road, wich was used to avoid the circumnavigation of Peloponnese. The boats were transferred with the use of the slide, from the Saronikos gulf into the Corinthos gulf.
Technical work of paved road, wich was used to avoid the circumnavigation of Peloponnese. The boats were transferred with the use of the slide, from the Saronikos gulf into the Corinthos gulf. more »
The viewable area is not huge and is barely interpreted. However, the site is free and provides an insight into the way in which ships traversed the area in hellenistic times
The viewable area is not huge and is barely interpreted. However, the site is free and provides an insight into the way in which ships traversed the area in hellenistic times more »
Another one ancient Greek tragedy. One very important achievement and ancient construction is left by the hands of weather and pure mind of supposed greek governments
Slowly being destroyed. See it while you can.
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