See also:isthmus of
See also:Greece, dividing the Gulf of Corinth from the Saronic Gulf .
See also:Ships were sometimes dragged across it in
See also:ancient times at a place called the Diolcus (&EvKav, to pull or cut through) .
See also:Nero, in A.D . 67, began cutting a canal through it; but the project was abandoned . In 1893 a
See also:ship canal was opened, with its western entrance about 14 m . N.E. of the little
See also:town of New Corinth . It was begun in 1881 by a French
See also:company, which ceased operations in 1889, a Greek company completing the undertaking . The canal is about 70 ft. broad, nearly 4 M. long, and 26 ft. deep . It shortens the
See also:journey from the Adriatic to the
See also:Peiraeus by 202 m., but
See also:foreign steamships seldom use it, as the narrowness of the canal and the strength of the current at times render the passage dangerous . About r m. from its western end it is crossed by the iron
See also:bridge of the Athens and Corinth railway . Traces of the Isthmian
See also:wall may still be seen parallel to the canal; it was constructed, at an unknown date, for the fortification of the Isthmus . Just to the S. of it, and about z m. from the
See also:sea are the remains of the Isthmian
See also:precinct of
See also:Poseidon and its
See also:stadium, where the Isthmian
See also:games were celebrated .
This precinct served also as a fortress . Within it have been found traces of the
See also:temple of Poseidon and other buildings . (E .
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