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Exploring the Roman Empire - travel

A quick look at the ORBIS website from Stamford, allowing fans of the Roman Empire to explore how long travel across the vast area would have taken, what routes would have been used, and how much it might have cost.

This week's free online resource is the ORBIS website from Stamford University, which can be found here -

The site focuses on exploring inter-connection through travel routes and, as a unique and amusing feature, lets you calculate how long travel would have taken between two locations, dependent on a vast number of factors - season, mode of transport, civilian/military etc. Alongside this, there is a reflection of the possible cost associated with that travel.

Have an explore and play around with the empire - the massive scale quickly becomes apparent when movement is put into very real terms of time expenditure.

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