“Magna urbs et gravis”: big and imposing town. That’s the way Cicero described Apollonia. This is the story of the remains of an ancient town that flourished in the 6th century BC and died away in the early centuries after Christ. Its end was brought about by wars, earthquakes as well as the deviation of the river Aos, present-day Vjosa.
The dimensions of many of the items discovered during excavations (i.e. temples, amphitheaters, monuments, statues, sarcophagi) suggest that Apollonia was one of the most developed cities of its time, and a centre of Greek and Roman culture. Octavian Augustus spent his youth there.
French and Albanian teams are still excavating the various sites in order to discover more about this important ancient city.