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p572 Vicus Drusianus

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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.

Vicus Drusianus: a street in Region I, mentioned only in the Capitoline Base (CIL VI.975). It was probably named from the Arcus Drusi (q.v.), which is supposed to have stood on the via Appia not far north of its junction with the via Latina. From this point a street ran north-east over the hill to the present Lateran, which can be traced by its pavement for the first part of its course, and corresponds closely with the Via della Ferratella.a This may be the vicus Drusianus (HJ 216; LA 267‑268).


Thayer's Note:

a Platner was writing in the 1920's, and since then quite a few streets in Rome have been renamed, often as part of the Fascist program of reminding the city of its ancient glory. While there is still now (2000) a Via della Ferratella, it is a small street just S of the Largo Amba Aradam, curving along the inside of the Aurelian Wall from the Porta Metronia to the Ministry of Tourism. I have a strong suspicion that Platner is in fact writing about not only the Via della Ferratella, but also what is now called the Via Druso.


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