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About the Library

The Peiraeus Public Library was founded in 65 A.D. by Mariamne of Berea and Damaris of Pella. We have a branch library, the Bibliotheke of Berea.

About Berea and Makedonia Berea (Beroia) is a quiet town in Makedonia. Berea lies to the west of Thessalonika and is a little south of the Via Egnatia. Makedonia is a large region north of Akhaia (Greece) and to the west and south of Thrakia (Thrace). While we do not receive as much rain as does the western side of Akhaia, our fertile lands are rich in wheat, barley, olives, grapes, and has plentiful grass for sheep and goats. Many of our people are pastoralists who traditionally have taken their animals to summer pastures high on Olympos and to winter pastures along the coast. Makedonia is also known for its excellent fir wood. Fir is used in shipbuilding. There are gold deposits in the region of Philippi and deposits of silver, copper, and iron in the north. The large Makedonian plain is surrounded by hills and mountains. Since 146 B.C. we have been part of the Roman province of Macedonia.

Directions From the West If you are outside of Akhaia and Makedonia, take a boat to Apollonia (the Apollonia that is on the west side of Makedonia) and head east along the Via Egnatia, the main highway in the region. Turn south slightly and you will come to Berea. If you come to Thessalonika, you have gone too far.

From the East Take a boat to Makedonian Neapolis, the port city for Philippi. Head west along the Via Egnatia. You will pass through Philippi, one of the major cities in the region, Amphipolis, Apollonia, and Thessalonika. Thessalonika is the capital of the province and has a good harbor. You may also take a boat to Thessalonika and save yourself some walking. After Thessalonika, turn south and you will come to Berea. If you come to Mount Olympos, you have gone too far south.

Hours We are usually open during the daylight hours. We close around midday for ariston (a light lunch). We are also closed on Day 7, 14, 21, and 28 of each month. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For other libraries, please see:

The Library of Alexandria


Concise Bible Atlas: A Geographical Survey of Bible History, J. Carl Laney, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988, 1999.

Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece, Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997.

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations, Arthur Cotterell (ed.), New York: Penguin Books, 1988.

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Updated November 20, 2009