Crossing rivers routes and bridges in Laconia archaic to Byzantium

P1050709This paper brings together the evidence for bridges in ancient and medieval Laconia. The immediate impetus for our discussion is our work on the publication of the BSA Laconia Survey.’ Through the medium of the bridges, some issues concerning communications in Laconia over this long span of history are addressed. Questions are also posed about the bridges themselves: about the motives or events that prompted their construction (economic, military, religious, or cultural), about the means and organization of their construction (communal, by the state, or through individual or institutional patronage), and about the relationship between the bridges and the routes they served.  Click to download complete document: CROSSING RIVERS ROUTES AND BRIDGES IN LACONIA ARCHAIC TO BYZANTIUM

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