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A. Function and Form

As indicators of distance, milestones were a characteristic feature of Roman imperial roads. Erecting milestones as indicators of distance on significant inter-regional roads was known even before the Romans, e.g. in Assyria, in the Persian Empire and at various places in Greece.

The term milestones (Latin miliarium) is first attested in 132 BC (CIL I2 638). As a special form of building inscriptions, the most…

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Rathmann, Michael (Bonn), “Milestones”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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