24 June, 2017

Roman roads update

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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.

9 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

Are there any other options besides PayPal?

20 July, 2017 at 10:34 am

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