Digital map of the Roman Empire highlights how overcrowded Europe has become

Digital map of the Roman Empire highlights how overcrowded Europe has become


A fascinating digital map of the Roman Empire, released by the Pelagios Project, uses Google Maps to allow you to zoom in on your home region and get a sense of the vast open tracts of countryside, deserted coastlines and relatively isolated settlements connected by Roman roads 2,000 years ago.



Using it alongside the standard Google Maps app, here are ‘before and after’ images of my home patch of North West England, showing the impact of invasion by the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, population movement during the Industrial Revolution and modern immigration from Asia and Eastern Europe:

North West England in the Roman era

 

North West England now

Click to try the map yourself:

  Digital map of the Roman Empire by the Pelagios Project.

 Link to calculate the time and cost of moving people and goods between the ancient cities of the Roman Empire.



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