A Dutch historian has used the only 1,700-year-old Roman road map to create an online trip planner where the destinations, distances and times of the routes used by the ancient travelers of the great Empire are provided.
The routes are based on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a scroll showing the imperial network of Roman roads and public courses, stretching from Great Britain to the Ganges River, which flows through India and Bangladesh.
The large map, last updated in the 3rd or 4th centuries, shows 2,760 locations with the lists of distances and destinations that the Roman roads connect, all laid out on a scroll of parchment nearly 23 feet long.
The original version of the table of Roman routes (Tabula Peutingeriana) was prepared 2,000 years ago under the leadership of Marco Agrippa, the statesman, general, and son-in-law of Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
Be part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007 and is kept in the collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna, but cannot be seen by the public. Voorburg René, the Dutch historian, has carried out together with other British scholars, the huge project in order to bring the Tabula back to life, in this case, on the website omnesviae.org.
“Researchers have marked all the places mentioned in the Tabula Peutingeriana”He mentioned. According to the document, a trip to Rome from ancient Britain, perhaps made through the port of Kent Dubra or Dover, would take 56 days to cover the 828 miles of Roman roads from Gesogiaco qvod nvnc Bononia (Boulogne), until reaching the capital of the Roman Empire.
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