Travel time in Ancient Rome

Ever wondered how long it would take to travel from Rome to Constantinople at the peak of the Roman Empire? Or from Luna to Larissa? Or Parma to Thessalonica? This map of the Roman World created at Stanford University is awesomely realistic — all the ancient transportation lines on it actually existed 2,000 years ago. Tell us, would you like to travel to Rome by road, river or open sea? Would you stick to the coasts or set a course through the mainland? During which month would you journey? Would you opt for the fastest route (bearing in mind that the shortest course does not always translate to the quickest passage) or the cheapest? Speaking of expenses, how much would this journey cost you, anyway? (Please give your answer in *denarii *.) Confused? Overwhelmed? Fear not — ORBIS is here to help you plan your trip. ORBIS is Stanford University’s geospatial network model of the Roman World. It’s fully interactive (as we alluded to above, you can adjust time of travel, mode of travel, starting points and destinations, and so on); highly customizable (select from fourteen different modes of transportation — and that’s just *road* travel); and positively bursting with information. It’s a little like *Oregon Trail* meets *Civilization*, only without the dysentery and with infinitely more historical and comparative data. Yes, it is awesome, and — if you’re into this sort of thing —*enormously* time consuming. read more: