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Flaminian Way (Via Flaminia)



The great northern road of ancient Italy, leading from Rome to Ariminum (Rimini) on the Adriatic. It was constructed by C. Flaminius during his censorship (220 BC) in order to secure a free communication with the recently conquered Gaulish territory, and was one of the most celebrated and most frequented roads of Italy both during the period of the republic and of the Empire. Its importance may be estimated from the fact that, when Augustus (27 BC) appointed persons of consular dignity road-surveyors for the other highways of his dominion, he reserved the care of the Flaminian Way for himself, and renewed it throughout its whole length.