20131005-115408.jpg The Forma Urbis Romae is a map of Rome created in the 3rd Century CE carved into marble slabs. It is remarkable for three reasons.
Firstly, it is massive at 18 by 13 meters. Secondly, it’s 1:240 scale is incredibly detailed with accurate floor plans of most buildings. Thirdly, it doesn’t stop or delineate itself according to political or geographical boundaries, it ends because the wall it was mounted on ended.

The map was probably decorative rather than practical saints enormous size made the detail in distinct at the upper reaches. Over the centuries the marble of the map was repurposed and broken. The entire map is now fragmented with only approximately 10% of the fragments located. Even less has been accurately reconstructed.


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