Happy Holidays! Let’s take a break from our fair County to remember that even the Romans had problems with their roads.
From Bill Thayer’s LacusCurtius website we have the following inscription (found near the Via Flaminia at Massa Martana, Italy. The filled in parentheses denote the full Latin words instead of only the abbreviations as insribed.
NI PARTHICI F(ILIVS)
DIVI NERVAE N(EPOS)
ANVS AVG(VSTVS) PONT(IFEX)
MAX(IMVS) TRIB(VNICIA) POT(ESTATE) VIII
CO(N)S(VL) III PROCOS VI‑
or as he translates it:
The Emperor Caesar
son of the deified Trajan victor of the Parthians,
grandson of the deified Nerva,
Trajan Hadrian Augustus,
vested with the tribunician power for the 8th time,
three times consul, proconsul,
the road that had subsided
by providing it with a new foundation.
Even the Romans had problems with their roads falling apart! Nothing an increased
gas wagon tax can’t fix!