Nikopolis ad Istrum, on the Danube

From there we drove to the ruins of Nikopolis ad Istrum that is on the Danube. This is the cardo, the main street.  

There was an extensive drainage system. The city was founded by the Emperor Trajan in 101 AD. The city issued its own coins.

The orchestra of the Odeon.

The city was destroyed by Attila the Hun in 447.

What made walking the site stunning was not only the beauty of the ruins and knowing so much more needs to be excavated, but also that this was the home of the translation project of Ulfilas.

Ulfilas was a Gothic bishop who in the 4th century invented the Gothic alphabet in order to translate the Bible from Greek into Gothic.  This was the birthplace of the Germanic literary tradition.

Walking down the old Roman road, I kept thinking how exceptional is human creativity, a  creativity of men like Ulfilas who apply their intellects to advance the Gospel. I looked up and saw a sign sbout preserving our common European cultural heritage. Oftentimes Americans forget that we have received a European culture from which our American experiment was born. In the world today where movements like ISIS are destroying our legacy, it is a good thing to affirm our legacy and rejoice in that legacy.