AN EPIGRAPHICAL JOURNEY
The Antonine Itinerary for the whole Antitauran region seems to
be hopelessly confused, and its inconsistencies will perhaps never be
satisfactorily explained. On p. 210 we read : —
while on page 211 we have the following :—■
Item a Caesarea Anazarbo CCXL, sic :
Now the milliaria given above show that the Roman road between
Comana and Cocussus went, as one would naturally expect, by Yalak,
Kiirdkieui, and Mehemet Beikieui; and as the whole distance between
Shahr and Goksiin is reckoned as eight hours, there is plainly some-
thing wrong in the statements of the Antonine Itinerary. Both Yalak
and Kiirdkieui are sites of small ancient towns; but the most im-
portant of these was at Yalak, and at Yalak I am inclined to place
Siricae. In that case the Antonine Itinerary would be nearer the
truth if it were emended to read ; —
Let it be noted that this, besides being a direct route, is the only
natural road-bed between Comana and Cocussus : on the northeast
lies the Bin Bogha Dagh, and on the southwest the Yuvadja Dagh.
It is wholly unreasonable to suppose that the Romans would neglect
the only natural road-bed to carry a road over the huge mountains
July 26. Yalak to Mehemet Reikieui, 3 h. 35 m. We return in.
the direction of Goksiin.