Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Roman Empire Route Planners
ORBIS - The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World allows users to explore road, river and sea routes through the Roman Empire.
Google Maps users are used to having four possible transportation options when searching for directions (car, public transit, bike and on foot). ORBIS allows for fourteen different modes of road travel (including ox cart, mule, camel caravan and horse relay). Unlike Google Maps ORBIS also allows for seasonal differences in route times, taking into account the possibility of rough or unfavourable weather.
Omnes Viae: Itinerarium Romanum is another Roman route planner (this one actually uses Google Maps).
Omnes Viae is based on an ancient Roman map known as the 'Tabula Peutingeriana' and allows you to plan a route that contains all the main roads and cities of the Roman Empire. Routes generated by Omnes Viae list the towns and cites and also the river crossings on your trip in the map sidebar and display the actual route on a Google Map.