The Golden Milestone – Milliarium Aureum
– height = ???
– originally marble covered in gilt bronze
– major cities of the empire and their distances are inscribed on it
metaphorical centre of the empire
All distances in the Roman Empire measured to this point
All roads lead to Rome
The unit of distance ‘mille passus’ (literally “a thousand paces” in Latin, with one pace being equal to two steps) was first used by the Romans and denoted a distance of 1,000 paces or 5,000 Roman feet, and corresponded to about 1,480 meters, or 1,618 modern yards. This unit is now known as the Roman mile
Alexandria – founded 334 by Alexander the Great
List 3 reasons why the measurements given here would not be written on the column.
Why is their discrepancy?
– Roman mile
As crow flies
terrain – ups and downs
How was it lost?
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