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p561 Via Asinaria

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Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.

Via Asinaria: a road which issued from the Porta Asinaria of the Aurelian wall, accessible from the via Latina, from which Belisarius diverged, in his advance on Rome, so as to enter by the Porta Asinaria (Not. app.; Procop. BG I.14.14). It is also mentioned by Festus 282 s.v. retricibus: aqua eo nomine quae est supra viam Ardeatinam inter lapidem secundum et tertium, qua inrigantur horti infra viam Ardeatinam et Asinariam usque ad Latinam), which shows that it must have run towards the via Appia and the via Ardeatina. Its course is variously indicated, but probably the modern Via Appia Nuova at first coincides with it (Bull. d. Inst. 1861, 72; RE II.1581; TII.28‑33; PBS IV.42‑45). The via Tusculana diverges from it about 400 metres from the gate (PBS IV.51 sqq.).


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