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Need to know where the Roman Empire was?

This 'at-a-glance' map of ancient Rome shows you exactly how it looked in the second Century A.D.

The Romans were what you might call 'ambitious'!

By the time this map was drawn up in the 2nd Century A.D., the territory extended right across what we now know as Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

How far was that, exactly?

Over two million square miles.

That's big!

The United States of America covers about 3.5 million square miles - but remember, ancient Romans had no telecommunications, no internet, no high-speed jets.

At its largest, the Empire was home to over 20% of the entire population of the world. It was a massive area to command, made up of many different peoples and cultures.

Its territories stretched from what we now know as Scotland in the north to Egypt in the south, and from Portugal in the west to Iraq (Mesopotamia) in the east.

Its northern border was bounded by Hadrian's Wall, built by the Emperor Hadrian in around 122 A.D., "to separate Rome from the Barbarians". Parts of Hadrian's Wall survive to this day: it's now designated a World Heritage Site.

The ancient Roman Empire finally collapsed in around 476 A.D. At its largest, it was possible to travel from the north of England to the Persian Gulf in the south without ever leaving Roman territory.

This map shows the territories of the Roman Empire at the height of its powers, in the 2nd Century A.D.

Map of Ancient Rome
Map reproduced courtesy of the Dalton School.

Key to the map of ancient Rome.

1. Baetica
19. Noricum
37. Cappadocia
2. Lusitania
20. Pannonia
38. Pontus
3. Tarraconesis
21. Dalmatia
39. Armenia Inferior
4. Narbonensis
22. Dacia
40. Sophene
5. Aquitania
23. Meosia
41. Osroene
6. Lugdunensis
24. Thracia
42. Commagene
7. Belgica
25. Macedonia
43. Armenia
8. Britannia
26. Epirus
44. Assyria
9. Germania Inferior
27. Achaea
45. Mesopotamia
10. Germania Superior
28. Asia
46. Syria
11. Langobardi
29. Bithynia
47. Judaea
12. Rhaetia
30. Galatia
48. Arabia Petraea
13. Italia
31. Lycaonia
49. Aegyptus
14. Sicilia
32. Lycia
50. Cyrenaica
15. Corsica / Sardinia
33. Pisidia
51. Numidia
16. Alpes Penninae
34. Pamphylia
52. Africa
17. Alpes Cottiae
35. Cyprus
53. Mauretania
18. Alpes Maritimae
36. Cilicia
54. Baleares

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