Whilst doing a little bit of web browsing when writing my recent series of Roman articles, I came across this wonderful map below of the Roman Empire when it was at its maximum extent. I don’t write simple posts like this but thought it is a worthy exception especially as my old posts on Maps are still very popular. (Getting Lost In The World of Maps Lost In The World of Maps Still Lost In The World of Maps May Map Madness Amazing Maps Tracking the Cargo Ships of the World) That gives you an idea!mediterranean sea
I’ve inserted it below at a very large resolution so hopefully you can zoom in or download it and spend some time studying it… if maps of the Roman Empire are your thing!
One of the things I find fascinating about the map below is the extent of the Roman Empire. For its time it was huge. Many think of the Roman Empire as ‘just’ being Italy, France, parts of Spain and Britain but that is just a small section and in fact the Roman though of Britain as a rather remote and relatively unimportant part of their empire.
A quick study below will show that despite their wonderful and expansive road network, the Roman Empire was really built around the Mediterranean Sea. When people think of the Romans, how many people think of Morocco, Libya, Arabia and even Iraq and Iran? a quick look at the map however will show that Carthage in modern-day Tunisia and Algeria was much more integral to Rome than France or Britain.
As well as parts of Eastern Europe such a Romania which the Romans occupied from the Dacians, in no small part no doubt due to the wonderful wine that can be produced there is Anatolia/ Asia Minor or what we now know of as Turkey. There are more Roman and Greek ruins in Turkey than any other country.
If you’d like to see my visit to the very edge of the Roman Empire then check out this post from 2016 on Hardknott Castle and mountain pass. And this one of Hadrians Wall and the Roman city of Corbridge.