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AURELIA, VIA, an ancient highroad of Italy, the date of
the construction of which is unknown. It ran from Rome to
Alsium, where it reached the sea, and thence along the south-west
coast of Italy, perhaps originally only as far as Cosa, and was
later extended to Vada Volaterrana, and in 109 B.C. to Genua
and Dertona by means of the Via Aemilia, though a coast road
as far as Genua at least must have existed long before. The name
is applied in the Antonine Itinerary to these extensions, and even
to the prolongation to Aries. Its line is in the main closely
followed by the modern coast highroad; cf., however, for the
section between Cosa and Populonia, O. Cuntz in Jahreshefte
des ÷slerr. arch. Instituts, vii. (1904), 54.
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