previous next


The Roman name for


compendious lists of the names and distances of the different stations on the public roads, after the manner of our road-books (itineraria adnotata or scripta); and


chartographic representations similar to our travelling maps (itineraria picta, Veget. iii. 6). Of the former kind we have: (i.) the two Antonine Itineraries, the basis of which belongs to the time of the emperor Antoninus Caracalla; but the edition which has come down to us dates from the beginning of the fourth century. They contain lists of routes by land and sea in the Roman Empire; (ii.) the Itinerarium Burdigalensé or Hierosolymitānum, a.d. 333, the route of a pilgrimage from Burdigala (Bordeaux) to Jerusalem; (iii.) the Itinerarium Alexandri, an abstract of the Persian expedition of Alexander the Great, drawn up mainly from Arrian for the expedition of the emperor Constantius against the Persians (A.D. 340- 345).

At Vicarello in Etruria have been found four silver travelling-cups shaped like mile-stones, and having marked upon them a list of stations and distances from Gades (Cadiz) to Rome.

Of the other kind of itineraries, in the form of maps, there exists a specimen in the Peutinger map (tabula Peutingeriana), now in Vienna. It received its name from a former possessor, Konrad Peutinger, a councillor of Augsburg. It was painted at Kolmar in 1265 on the model of an original map which dates back to the middle of the third century A.D., and consists of twelve broad strips of parchment, on which are delineated all those parts of the world which were known to the Romans; only the pieces which should contain Spain and Britain are lost, with the exception of part of Kent. It is probably derived from Agrippa's map. (See Geographia.) It is disproportionately elongated in the direction of east to west, the ratio of its height to its breadth being 1:21. The distances from town to town are marked on lines running from east to west, and the relative sizes of the towns are indicated by distinctive marks. An excellent fac-simile has been published by O. Maier of Ravensburg (1888), and the table is represented on a small scale in the very convenient little Atlas Antiquus of Justus Perthes (Gotha, 1893). See D'Urban, Recueil des Itinéraires Anciens, with ten maps (Paris, 1845); Renier, Itin. Romains de la Gaule (Paris, 1850); and Notitia Regionum.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: