Mount Ephraim and Benjamin
61. The Ninth Mile - (Kh. Lattatin ?)
Michael Avi-Yonah (The Madaba Mosaic Map, Jerusalem 1954, 60)
The Ninth Mile was the resting place for travellers on the road. It corresponds on the Bethoron road to Khirbet el Lattatin. P. Abel has suggested that as Bethoron itself was only twelve miles from Jerusalem, it might well have served as such a resting place, and that the Ninth Mile refers to Cariathiearim. The position of the name between the Fourth Mile and Bethoron seems, however, to preclude such a possibility; besides, all the other localities in this vicinity refer to the Bethoron road.
Editors' note: Differences in the identification of this place arise from the different roads existing in the region west of Jerusalem. Avi-Yonah believe that the Bethoron way is indicated. A different solution is hereby proposed by Israel Roll. This road may be also of importance for the Emmaus gospel (Lc 24,13-34). See n. 69: Nicopolis - Amwas.
Different Roman Roads from Jerusalem to Nicopolis
Israel Roll (in The Madaba Map Centenary, 112)
Several sites depicted on the mosaic map of Madaba indicate that its makers used data drawn from road-maps and itineraria. Between Jerusalem and Jaffa, a series of places known to be located along the two connecting highways between them, are shown on that map. These are: Bethoron, Kaperouta, Modeim, Adita and Lydda/Diospolis, which bordered, in that sequence, the northern highway - known as the Bethoron road. Also are mentioned Nicopolis, Enataba and Betoannaba, that belonged to the parallel southern road, via Emmaus. The very mentioning of two mile-stations, the fourth (to tetarton), and the ninth (to ennaton), clearly indicate a road-map origin. Those two sites could be identified with two traditional road-stations of the southern highway which possessed plenty of water, that is, Colonia (today Motza) located at the distance of four miles from Jerusalem, and Kiriat Jearim (today Abu Ghosh) - at nine miles from it.
See the complete article: "The Roads in Roman-Byzantine Palaestina and Arabia", by Israel Roll
For more sources and bibliography see:
Tabula Imperii Romani. Iudaea - Palaestina (Jerusalem 1994) s.v. "To ennaton", 251.
Map Section 5 Place Sources