See also:ancient highroad of Italy, leading . S.E. from Rome . It was probably one of the
See also:oldest of
See also:Roman roads, leading to the pass of Algidus, so important in the early military
See also:history of Rome; and it must have preceded the Via
See also:Appia as a route to
See also:Campania, inasmuch as the Latin colony at Cales was founded in 334 B.C. and must have been accessible from Rome by road, whereas the Via Appia was only made twenty-two years later . It follows, too, a far more natural
See also:line of communication, without the
See also:engineering difficulties which the Via Appia had to encounter . As a through route it no doubt preceded the Via
See also:Labicana (see LABICANA, VIA), though the latter may have been preferred in later times . After their junction, the Via
See also:Latina continued to follow the valley of the Trerus (Sacco), following the line taken by the
See also:modern railway to Naples, and passing below the Hernican
See also:hill-towns, Anagnia, Ferentinum, Frusino, &c . At
See also:Fregellae it crossed the Liris, and then passed through Aquinum and
See also:Casinum, both of them comparatively low-lying towns . It then entered the
See also:interval between the Apennines and the volcanic
See also:group of Rocca Monfina, and the
See also:original road, instead of traversing it, turned abruptly N.E. over the mountains to
See also:Venafrum, thus giving a
See also:direct communication . with the interior of Samnium by roads to
See also:Aesernia and
See also:Telesia . In later times, however, there was in all probability a
See also:short cut by Rufrae along the line taken by the modern highroad and railway . The two lines rejoined near the
See also:present railway station of Caianello and the road ran to Teanum and Cales, and so to
See also:Casilinum, where was the
See also:crossing of the Volturnus and the junction with the Via Appia . The distance from Rome to Casilinum was 129 M. by the Via Appia, 135 M. by the old Via Latina through Venafrum, 126 m. by the short cut by Rufrae . Considerable remains of the road exist in the neighbourhood of Rome; for the first 40 m., as far as Compitum Anagninum, it is not followed by any modern road; while farther on in its course it is in the
See also:main identical with the modern high-road .
See T .
See also:Ashby in Papers of the
See also:British School at Rome iv . 1 sq., v . 1 sq .
BRUNETTO LATINI (c. 1210-C. 1294)
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