24 June, 2017

Roman roads update

If you think this would make a cool poster, for $9 I’ll send you a high-res, print-worthy PDF!

I got numerous comments following the release of my Roman roads map. Acting by the mantra of “OP delivers”, I decided to take this feedback into account and create an updated version of the map. The new map is featured here, and I have also replaced the map in the original post with the new version.

Several changes were made:

  • The typo in Gesoriacum is fixed.
  • The Via Agrippa is now properly named. For some reason I had typed Via Flavia by mistake.
  • Via Flavia now refers to the road along the Dalmatian coast, in reference to the actual Via Flavia in what is now Croatia.
  • I have included Berytus, present-day Beirut, in the map. It was the capital of Roman Phoenicia and one of the most important cities in the Eastern Mediterranean at the time.
  • The town of Vindonissa has been added. It was a prominent fort in what is now Switzerland.
  • The road in Sardinia now goes from Caralis to Tarrae. This was (and still is) the most prominent land linkage on the island.
  • Road names ending in -ensis have been changed to more classical names:
    • Via Sarda now uses the proper Latin adjective for the island.
    • Via Augusta Nova is named after the emperor who established the proconsular government in Asia.
  • Other geographically-named roads have had name changes:
    • Via Domitiana is named after Domitian, who conquered Moesia.
    • Via Tiberia in Cappadocia is named after Tiberius, who established the province.
  • The British Isles are now displayed in full, and the British road network has been expanded a tiny bit.
  • Lucus (Lugo) is now moved inland, and the road from Bracara Augusta to Asturica has been separated.

12 Comments on “Roman roads update

Armand Simonis
27 June, 2017 at 7:28 am

Dear Sasha,

Again, great work with the improvements of your Roman Roads map.

I noticed you didn’t follow my suggestion about extending a little into Germania Inferior (yet?) and of course it is your map so who am I to say that my suggestion would really be an improvement but nevertheless for your consideration I like to propose the following extension of Via Aggrippa 1 to Forum Hadriani, the most northern Roman city on mainland Europe:
(click the link to see an image of my proposed small extension)

You can find more info about Forum Hadriani for example here:

It would really nice if you maps would extend in modern the Netherlands which has a lot of Roman history but is largely unknown outside our country.

27 June, 2017 at 10:39 am

I think the Netherlands’ Roman history is fascinating. The villages you mention are just a bit too small to be featured on my map. What I may do in the future is produce a larger-format map that contains much more detail, and would certainly include what you propose. Stay tuned!

Armand Simonis
30 June, 2017 at 6:14 am

Fantastic. I will wait for this larger-format version. Much success!!

Kathleen Ralf
28 June, 2017 at 7:08 am

Wondering if you could add Bonames (Frankfurt) and then send me a new pdf. Our school is right along the Limes. Would be cool for students to be able to see their stop on the map.

6 July, 2017 at 5:43 pm

In North Africa, you’ve got “Caesarea lol” Just fyi!

10 July, 2017 at 1:03 pm

That is the correct name, the first letter is a capital “I”

Ivan Dalmonte
12 July, 2017 at 5:28 am

Hello Shasha,

many compliments also for this updated chart!

I still have one question about the “Premis” site (somewhere between nowadays Egypt and Sudan), that I was not able at all to find anywhere. Do you know what is the current name of this place?


Ivan Y. Lapshin
20 July, 2017 at 9:56 am

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Andrew Dalby
7 August, 2017 at 9:47 am

Your Roman road maps are beautiful, and the preparatory work you must have done is impressive. I have a couple of comments in case they are helpful. But you can’t fit everything into the space, I know!

One would take a ferry (like between Gesoriacum and Dubris) to go east from Byzantium. This ferry is listed in the Antonine Itinerary: the distance is 4 milia passuum and the eastern terminus is Calchedon. You can even see it in diagram form here:

One would also take a ferry from Gythium to go to Gortyna (or anywhere in Crete!) I wondered at first why you chose Gortyna, but you were quite right, it was the centre of the local road network, as the Peutinger Table shows.

In your listing of names, in the original “Roman Roads” posting, you didn’t commit yourself on whether Via Agrippa is a real name. Well, it isn’t, so far as I have managed to discover: it’s made up by modern French archaeologists. But it’s true that Agrippa built those roads. Via Asturica Burdigalam is also a made-up name, though it’s based on a subheading in the Antonine Itinerary.

Thank you for naming the Pye Road and Cade’s Road in Britain. I looked for traditional names of that kind, a while back, for articles in Vicipaedia, and I missed those two.


Patrick Andries
8 August, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Sasha, Salé (Sala Colonia) in Morocco is on the coast, it is just opposite of Rabat across the river Bou Regreg…


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