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Viae publicae
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I. Italy

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A. Definition

VP or 'public roads' are clearly defined by Ulpianus (Dig. 43,8,2,20-24; cf. Isid. Orig. 15,16,1-7) and Siculus Flaccus (103-107 Clavel-Lévêque): a via publica ran on public soil (solum publicum), served public transport, was built or established by magistrates in possession of imperium (consuls, praetors), was financed from the public purse and lay outside urban settlements. The few known testimonies to the building of a VP by an aedile (CIL I2 21; 22; 829) date from t…

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Rathmann, Michael (Bonn), “Viae publicae”, 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 21 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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