via Flaminia

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The great northern highway of Italy, built 220 bc by Flaminius, when censor. It was 334 km. (209 mi.) long from Rome by way of Narnia, to Fanum Fortunae, where it turned NW and followed the Adriatic coastline to Ariminum. From its earliest days the Flaminia was much frequented; its importance was, if anything, enhanced in late imperial times when the imperial court was at Mediolanum or Ravenna. Large towns grew up along its tomb‐lined course. The road was often repaired: by Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Augustus (parts of whose bridge at Narnia and whose honorific arch at Ariminum survive), Vespasian (whose tunnel through the Intercisa Pass still exists), Trajan, Hadrian.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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