Via Egnatia was a road constructed by the Romans around 146 BC. It was named after Gaius Ignatius, proconsul of Macedonia, who ordered its construction. The road stretched across Illyria, Macedonia and Thrace, running across modern Albania, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It was constructed in order to link up different Roman colonies from the Adriatic Sea to Byzantium. Via Egnatia was repaired and expanded several times.