This small, but beautifully illustrated guide book covers the
ancient port of Saranda. Twenty kilometres north of the UNESCO site
of Butrint, Saranda was a harbour during Roman times and again in
the Ottoman era. Saranda's name has changed several times, each
time reflecting its Mediterranean-wide connections: Onchesmos comes
from Anchises, the Trojan, whose union with Aphrodite on Mt Ida
resulted in a son, Aeneas. Dionysius of Halicarnassus called
Onchesmos the harbour of Anchises and tells of how the Trojans
dedicated a temple to Aphrodite there. Archaeological interest
began in the port in 1913, during the second Balkan war, undertaken
to show the site's Greekness in the face of Albanian nationalism.
Surveys were made on behalf of the state from the 1950s to '90s,
when archaeology was stopped in the face of construction and
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