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Via Appia
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Italy's most famous road (Str. 5,3,6; 6,3,7; Stat. Silv. 2,2,12; Procop. Goth. 1,14,6-11), built by the censor Appius Claudius [I 2] Caecus in 312 BC (Liv. 9,29,6; Diod. Sic. 20,36,2; Frontin. Aq. 5,1; Eutr. 2,9,2; ILS 54). It was the first via publica ( viae publicae ) to bear the name of its founder. Contrary to Vir. ill. 34,6 and Str. loc.cit., the VA extended at the beginning only from Rome to Capua (It. Ant. 107,2-109,1; It. Burd. 611,4-612,5; Tab. Peut. 4,5-5,4). As Liv. 7,39,16 suggests, the VA probably went back to a previous road…

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Rathmann, Michael (Bonn), “Via Appia”, 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 30 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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