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27 May, 2018

Roman Roads of Italy

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Versione italiana — Italian version

It’s taken me almost a year to get around to doing this, but as promised, here is the transit-style map of the ancient Roman roads of Italy!

The same caveats apply to this map as the previous ones. It was fortunate enough that Italy’s Roman roads are quite well-studied and documented, especially when it comes to their actual ancient names. This meant that I had to do less artistic interpretation in order to make this look like a sensible, modern chart. That said, there are still some cases where I had to creatively reconstruct certain roads, and I make it clear in the legend which roads those were.

Some people might be confused about why Sicily and Sardinia are beiged out. This is a map of Italia (Italy) as the Romans saw it, which did not include those islands. On the other hand, it did include parts of what are today Slovenia and Croatia.

Not sure what else to write about this right now, but I will update this description as time goes on.

I am working on the Italian language version, it will be out soon!

Grateful to @cheremone for checking my Italian translation and offering many helpful changes!

Fixes made as of 28 May 2018:

  • Thermae is now Termini Imerese, not Sciacca.
  • Nuceria is now Nocera Umbra, not Nocera Inferiore.
  • Libarna still called Libarna, not Liguria.
  • The road from Florentia to Bononia was called the Via Flaminia Militaris and started at Arretium. There was also the Via Flaminia Minor which ran parallel but through a different mountain pass, but it does not appear in all sources and may have been disused by the time of the Empire, so I am not including it.

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Simon
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Beautiful, it’s a great work! But you have confused Via Caecilia with Via Calabriana: Via Caecilia was from Amiternum to Hatria for sure, and probably it arrived to Castrum Novum from Hatria instead of Via Hadriatica (because Hatria was not on the beach, but its harbour, far 10 km from the centre of Hatria, was on the beach). And I think you have confused other roads called by the ‘C’, also Via Corfiniensis with Via Cornelia.

G. Spiele
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Hi Sasha, may I ask you where you found the term “Salurnis”? I found it for the first time in 575 AD, after the roman empire crashed.
Thanks!

Noemi Martinez Hernandez
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Noemi Martinez Hernandez

So beutiful! Do yo think about make Iberian version?

Lisa Green
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You done a great job. Your blog have enough ancient roads. Also your blog contains information about those roads. Wide information about route will help users more. Keep sharing information like this.

Piers Letcher
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This is brilliant – many thanks! Just one question – why does it not have at least the start of the Via Domitia, one of the busiest roads in the empire? I understand you haven’t gone far into France, but the road does head that way…

Annia
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The Annia road reaches up to Aquileia, I’m sure of this, because I’m living in Aquileia!

Francesco
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Congratulations for the beautiful work!
I’d like to report that currently “Aternum” is called “Pescara”.
Best,
Francesco

Massi
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“Salurnis” does not exist. It does not appear in the Peuntigerian tabula and in the Itinerarium Antonini. Endidae ( Egna in Italian, Neumarkt in German), appears in that tract.

Dario
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Hi, the Roman “Aufidena” is actually Castel di Sangro, not Alfedena (Lewis, Charlton T. “Aufĭdēna”. A Latin Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Retrieved 9 March 2012).
Alfedena is the ancient place of Aufidena, in the Samnitic Era. First of the Roman route.

il ghiro
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avrei usato il termine latino antiquae viae, e non anticae, mi piace molto meno e forse è proprio sbagliato !

Angelo Silvestri
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Just a greeting from an Italian who lives next to the Via Flaminia