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p561 Via Aurelia

Article on p561 of

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

Via Aurelia (Not. app.; Eins. 12.3): the road which led from the pons Aemilius across the low ground on the right bank of the Tiber (where two arches of a viaduct belonging to it were found near S. Crisogono, NS 1889, 362‑364; BC 1889, 476‑477; 1890, 6‑8, 57‑65; Mitt. 1891, 145‑148; LF 20; KH II; HJ 627) up to the Janiculum (Mon. L. I.480), where it passed through the Aurelian wall by the Porta Aurelia. This would be the via Aurelia vetus: the nova ran south of the Leonine wall (LF 12‑14; KH III.) and it joined it at the Madonna del Riposo, ran westward through undulating country until it reached the coast a little to the south-east of Palidoro, some 20 miles from Rome, and then followed it right up to Vada Volaterrana, whence it was prolonged to Genoa by the via Aemilia.

Some inscriptions of the curatores speak of the via Aurelia vetus, nova, the Cornelia, and the Triumphalis as being all united under one administration (CIL VI.1512; viii.946; xiv.3610; CIG 2638 omits the Cornelia),1 while others mention the Aurelia only (ib. ii.1283, 1371; vi.1462; ix.973, 1126; EE IV.425; BC 1891, 95‑100). The road is mentioned on a gold glass inscription (T. IX.464) and on a brick-stamp (CIL XV.676: officina Vari Romani, quae est via Aurelia hor(tis) [or hor(reis)] Popisci). (Jord. I.1.376‑380; T. I.104‑193, 598‑600; ix.463‑547; RE II.2430; Mél. 1913, 171‑192).


The Authors' Notes:

1 For a curator of the Aurelia and Cornelia, see TAPA 1924, 5; CRA 1925, 228.


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