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Headword: Ἀππία ὁδός
Adler number: alpha,3199
Translated headword: Appian Way, Via Appia
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
It was called this from Appius, a Roman censor, who covered it with stone paving[1] and built aqueducts.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀππία ὁδός: οὕτως ἐκαλεῖτο ἀπὸ Ἀππίου, Ῥωμαίου τιμητοῦ, ὃς λιθομυλίᾳ ταύτην κατέστρωσε καὶ ὕδατος ὀχετοὺς κατεσκεύασεν.
Notes:
OCD(4) pp.325 and (for the via Appia) 1547.
The Appian Way and the aqueduct were commissioned by Appius Claudius Caecus during his censorship in 312 BCE. At that time it reached from Rome to Capua (Livy 9.29). Paving began in 295. Later in the century the road was extended to Brundisium, for a total of 374 km. Parts of the pavement are still visible, as may be seen at web address 1 below. Web address 2 leads to a map from the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, ed. R.J.A. Talbert (Princeton 2000).
[1] This word, lithomylia, has its own entry, lambda 520, where what Appius is said to have paved is "Rome"!.
[2] On aqueducts and other kinds of water-channels (okhetoi), see omicron 1036 and other entries cited there.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
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Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 December 2000@17:13:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note) on 16 March 2001@08:39:34.
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