Happy Holidays!

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.

IMP(ERATOR) CAESAR
DIVI TRAIA
NI PARTHICI F(ILIVS)
DIVI NERVAE N(EPOS)
TRAIANVS HADRI
ANVS AVG(VSTVS) PONT(IFEX)
MAX(IMVS) TRIB(VNICIA) POT(ESTATE) VIII
CO(N)S(VL) III PROCOS VI
AM PROLAPSAM
NOVA SVBSTRVC(TIONE)
REST(AVRAVIT)

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,
Chief Priest,
vested with the tribunician power for the 8th time,
three times consul, proconsul,
restored
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!

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The Via Flaminia near Carsulae, Italy Flickr @ReflectedSerindipity cc2.0

 

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