Monday, 26 November 2007

Mediaeval copy of ancient Roman roadmap put on display

The Tabula Peutingeriana, a parchment scroll made in the Middle Ages, is the only surviving copy of a road map from the late Roman Empire. Never shown to the public before, the fragile scroll has been displayed by the Austrian National Library for today only. The map shows the main road network across the Roman Empire from Spain to India with journeys between towns and cities represented in days rather than miles. With the quality of each nightly stopover identified by different pictograms, the Tabula Peutingeriana was a practical guide for the 5th century traveller.