Ancient Roman Google Maps

Omnes Viae (“All Roads” in Latin) is a tweak of Google Maps that shows the Ancient Roman Empire instead of the modern world. The entire map interface is in Latin, the cities all have neat symbols, and you can get directions between any two cities. The road data comes from the Tabula Peutingeriana, which is a medieval map of the third-century state of the Roman road network used for their postal system, the cursus publicus.

 

The one shortcoming? If you say, try to recreate the apostle Paul’s journeys, that’s a non-starter because like modern Google Maps, it only takes you via land routes — possibly to avoid shipwrecks. Still, the map is very well done and gets the “very cool” stamp of approval.

Omnes Viae, via Neatorama

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