RANDOM FACTS ~On the borders of the Cilicians you will pass through two sets of gates and guard -posts: then after passing through these it is three stages, amounting to 85 kilometers, to journey through Cilicia . ~The boundary of Cilicia and Armenia is a navigable river called Euphrates. In Armenia the number of stages with resting-places is fifteen, and 310 kilometers, and there is a guard-post on the way.~If the Persians had built this road and had taken the shortest route, they would have chosen anothertrack: from Susa to Babylon, along the Euphrates to the capital of Cilicia, Tarsus, and from there toLydia. This was not only shorter, but had the additional advantage of passing along the sea, where it was possible to trade goods.
ROUTE ~Through Lydia and Phrygia there extend twenty stages, amounting to 520 kilometers~After Phrygia is the river Halys, at which there is a gate which one must pass through to cross the river, and a strong guard-post exists there ~if one travels 30 kilometers each day, some ninety days are spent on the journey ~The Royal road is 2700 km long
THE CREATOR ~Darius I made the Royal Road as it is recognized today. ~He ruled the empire at its peak, when it included much of West Asia, the Caucasus,Central Asia, parts of the Balkans (Bulgaria-Pannonia), portions of north and northeast Africa including Egypt, eastern Libya, coastal Sudan, Eritrea, as well as most of Pakistan, the Aegean Islands and northern Greece. ~Born-550 BCE ~Died-October 486 BCE