Tuesday, 13 June 2017

We All Know What Underground Or Subway Maps Look Like,

but here is a slightly different one,

it is an overground map, not of trains but how the roads of the Roman Empire would have looked around the 2nd. century, University of Chicago sophomore Sasha Trubetskoy spent a few weeks designing this amazing subway-style transit map of all the roads in the Roman Empire circa 125 AD. as Kottke notes, Rome constructed 250,000 miles of roads starting in 300 BC—over 50,000 miles of which were paved with stone—linking a total of 113 provinces from Spain to modern day Britain to the northern tip of Africa,

Trubetskoy pulled data from numerous sources, but took liberties where the history is fuzzy. “The biggest creative element was choosing which roads and cities to include, and which to exclude,” he shares. “There is no way I could include every Roman road, these are only the main ones. I tried to include cities with larger populations, or cities that were provincial capitals around the 2nd century.”

You can see the map in a bit more detail on his website, and if you donate a few bucks he’ll send you a hi-res PDF fit for printing, and no I am not on commission, I just thought he has a great website, in his own words he is a geography nerd, I mean where else would you find the two places in Hawaii that are the nearest to a landmass?

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