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Interactive map like GPS for Roman Empire

Simulation calculates cost of shipping goods in days and dinarii

2:07pm, June 25, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. — All roads may lead to Rome, but some are much smoother than others. A new interactive map of the Roman Empire that includes roads, rivers and hundreds of sea routes allows users to calculate the travel time and costs for traversing the ancient empire. The project, called ORBIS, is allowing researchers to probe standing hypotheses and develop new ones concerning the economic, social, military and political dynamics of an empire that had a profound and enduring influence on western civilization.

The map, based on years of scholarship and new calculations, is organized around 751 sites in an area of about 4 million square miles. These sites were either prominent

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