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Crossroads
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The construction, extension, and maintenance of roadway networks correlate with the emergence of settlements, towns, and cities (Town and city) and are among the early achievements of advanced civilizations. In ancient Greece, a dense and easily usable network of roads linked city states separated by impassable mountains. Crossroads were often marked by herms intended both to protect against the risks of travel and to serve as landmarks. The first herms were aniconic stone posts originally set up at…

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Hermsen, Edmund, “Crossroads”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224088>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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