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Virtual Earth map of Miliarium Aureum - The center of all roman roads

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The Miliarium Aureum (golden milestone) in Rome was a gilded column of bronze. It was put on on instruction of Emperor Augustus 20 BC. at the eastern corner of the Rostra on the Forum Romanum in Rome. Originally the names of the capitals of the provinces of the Roman Empire and their respective distances of Rome stood on the column. This column should remind humans of the size of the empire and the central nature of the forum. Only a remainder of the base remained preserved. The distances summed up resulted in 76,000 km. The Emperor had also road construction as task, it was as curator viarum (city planner.

Due to this column the old saying was developed: "All roads lead to Rome."



 

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