Stanford University has put a site online that allows you to learn more about how the Romans moved in Europe.
Tired of long hours by car to cross France? So imagine on the Roman roads, 2000 years ago. This is what this “Google Maps” of Antiquity, developed by Stanford University, offers to discover.
Spotted by Geo, the ORBIS site offers to calculate routes in Europe between the main cities of the time – which are more or less the same as today.
We thus discover that a Paris-Marseille journey took 23 days on foot (i.e. 30 km/day) and a little less than three days on horseback (provided you change it at certain stages, i.e. 256 km/day), i.e. the fastest average of all time.
And as all roads lead to Rome, it took about thirty days to reach the capital of the Empire from Lutèce, via the Mediterranean Sea, always on foot. On horseback (but without relay), the journey lasts about 22 days (56 km/day).
Suffice to say that a round trip Paris-Jerusalem was practically the trip of a lifetime for the time: around 100 days on foot. Note that, like Google Maps, ORBIS gives many indications on the path to follow, but also the stages and travel times between each of them.
Thomas LeRoy Journalist BFM Business