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Mountain Passes in Epicnemidian Locris

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Mountain passes are a structural element in the Locrian landscape and at the same time the scene of famous chapters in history. At various points in this monograph it has been commented that the rugged profile of this region, added to the limitations imposed by the northern seaboard, make the irregular longitudinal valleys, the high plateaus to the south of the Cnemis and manifestly the Callidromus passes the great vectors of communication. The latter are abundant in Epicnemidia, having been used since remote times as gateways to other territories through which to enter and depart. With differing altitudes and settings, from the celebrated "Hot Gates" to other anonymous yet equally strategic, narrowings, gorges, ravines and mountain passes are the great protagonists of the Locrian itineraries. This chapter discusses Thermopylae pass, Kleisoura pass, Fontana pass, and Vasilika pass in detail.

Keywords: Epicnemidian Locris; Fontana pass; Kleisoura pass; mountain passes; Thermopylae pass; Vasilika pass



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