Tuesday, September 2, 2014

OmnesViae: Roman Routeplanner: a reconstruction of an antique Roman map with internet technology

OmnesViae: Roman Routeplanner: a reconstruction of an antique Roman map with internet technology
OmnesViae.org is an initiative by René Voorburg. It is born out of a fascination for the culture of the ancient Romans. OmnesViae wouldn't have been possible without Richard Talbert's research work on the Tabula Peutingeriana.
Between March and September 2011, I've spent hundreds of hours of scarce spare time creating OmnesViae. Therefor I would like to thank my wife Mariet above all for her patience with my obsessive zeal.
OmnesViae is not just the work of one person. The website http://www.tabula-peutingeriana.de/ by Martin Weber proved to be a useful reference and a handy source for current day place names. The geolocations in OmnesViae are for a large part obtained from the Pleiades initiative. Many people gave me feedback or helped me with translations. I particularly would like to thank Maria Tzaneti, Marlene Sturm, Tim Koster, Martin Weber, Hans de Bode, Ben Mugnier, Eric Rulier, Wouter Kool, Aad Oliehoek and Claude Chauviere.


I don't claim ownership of any underlying data, not even for the parts that are the fruit of my own research work. I kindly ask the creators of derived works to make the data behind those works also freely available. When using data or output from OmnesViae, please create a link or reference to this work. Please let me know when you use OmnesViae in your publications or derived works.


You can help to improve OmnesViae!
  • Not all places have a geolocation yet. The route network of the Peutingeriana can offer a great help in finding candidates for the locations of currently un-alocated places. Let me know if you have aquired evidence for a missing location. When adding new locations I aim to cooperate with the Pleiades initiative.
  • Routes sometimes follow strange curves or even cross themselves. The cause for this might be (copying?) errors in the Tabula Peutingeriana itself (this seems to be the case near 'Catispi') but incorrect geolocations could also be a cause. Substantiated suggestions for the better gelocations for given places are very welcome. I aim to cooperate in this with the Pleiades initiative.
  • In reality, a planned route is not always the shortest possible route. This is caused by missing distance figures on the Peutingeriana. My aim is to solve this by adding reconstructed distances when required. Please let me know if you have suggestions for connections where the lack of a distance figure leads to suboptimal routes.
  • I think it would be great to have OmnesViae available in each language spoken in the countries that were part of the Roman empire. If you are willing to help, please let me know and I'll be happy to send you some instructions.

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