Did you know that the largest urban map in the world is almost two thousand years old?

The Forma Urbis Romae was a map of the capital of the Roman Empire, engraved between AD 203 and 211, on marble slabs mounted inside the Forum of Peace in Rome.

At present, only fragments of the original specimen are preserved.

The map was 18 meters wide and 13 meters high, and showed detailed floor plans of all the architectural elements of the city, including small shops, rooms, and stairs.

The scale of the plan is approximately 1:240 with the north facing down, showing with a high degree of detail the plants of each temple, baths, island, etc. of the city of Rome in the 3rd century AD. C. Many of the buildings also bear his name engraved, making the map an exceptional document.

Unfortunately, of the more than 1,000 preserved fragments, only less than 160 pieces have been placed in one site. Since 1999, Stanford University in San Francisco, California, has created a database with all the preserved fragments, with the aim of trying to place some of the pieces in their original position using various computer techniques.

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