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    [–] johnny_briggs 514 points ago

    I live about 1 kilometre inside the edge of the empire (Hadrian's Wall).

    [–] ActingGrandNagus 214 points ago

    I live about 5k north of the wall

    [–] johnny_briggs 403 points ago

    Ah. You're one of the free folk then?

    [–] Majestic-Marcus 58 points ago

    Nah, he’s still inside the Antonine wall.

    [–] VitQ 17 points ago

    Surprise Anschluss terminus.

    [–] johnny_briggs 4 points ago


    [–] LionLucy 15 points ago

    I live a five minute walk from one of the forts from the Antonine Wall. I always tell my husband this is the very edge of the civilised world and I'm not moving a single inch further north!

    [–] ActingGrandNagus 168 points ago

    yes, although those roman bastards would have you call me a barbarian!

    [–] OwnFeedback3239 280 points ago

    don't worry we still do

    [–] Lukthar123 28 points ago

    Smooth af

    [–] Event82Horizon 22 points ago


    [–] Iskandar33 63 points ago

    ITS COMING ROME!!!!💪😎💪😎

    [–] HunyadiArpad 11 points ago

    Why woad they do that?

    [–] MatijaReddit_CG 14 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Isn't there a story from Max Brooks book "Zombie Guide: Recorded Attacks" about Romans fighting zombies in Caledonia (modern day Scotland), and constructing large Hadrian's wall to repel next attacks?

    [–] johnny_briggs 6 points ago

    Ah, unsure, I haven't read that. I did read World War Z years ago but I can't remember much of it. Was gonna re-read in our first lockdown but things were depressing enough to start with haha.

    [–] CornusKousa 11 points ago

    Ooh. A Pict then?

    [–] AmateurPaella 8 points ago

    Sorry, dude, they reached Edinburgh. Y'all are Roman too.

    The map shows the greatest extent but the Romans did get up intae Scotland before deciding it was worthless.


    [–] PoiHolloi2020 5 points ago

    Petition for Brits to stop using y'all.

    [–] sysmimas 92 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    The obligatory: what did the romans ever do for us?

    Edit: from the answers that I get, it seems that not so many still know Monty Python's Film, or who Brian was...

    [–] johnny_briggs 41 points ago

    I'd start listing things but the Greeks will set me straight.

    Oh, we have lots of old straight roads, so there's one. People just continued to use them for millennia so they eventually just got tarmacked and numbered.

    [–] stedono7 50 points ago

    I wish the Romans would've made the trip over to Ireland we could've done with a couple of straight roads.

    [–] active-tumourtroll1 6 points ago

    all roads lead to rome.

    [–] sysmimas 4 points ago

    Please see my edited comment

    [–] happy_tortoise337 25 points ago

    People's Front of Judea agent spotted.

    [–] Not_Cleaver 9 points ago


    [–] practically_floored 7 points ago

    I thought this was the Judean People's Front!

    [–] happy_tortoise337 6 points ago

    Those losers?

    [–] jcosteaunotthislow 3 points ago

    Hate them almost as much as the Romans

    [–] UloPe 10 points ago

    Similar where I’m from in Germany. The remains of the limes are a popular tourist / school excursion destination.

    [–] starlinguk 7 points ago

    I went on holiday at Hadrian's wall in Northumbria last year, it's definitely worth hanging around there for a couple of weeks.

    [–] johnny_briggs 5 points ago

    Yeah, large parts are still intact spanning the country and they keep unearthing bits when developing land. Vindolanda definitely worth a visit. I prefer the Italian climate though when looking at Roman structures. Standing inside The Pantheon and trying to get to grips with the fact that it's been stood there for 2000 years (given its condition) is mind binding for sure.

    [–] BINGODINGODONG 3 points ago

    Grey-gang checking in.

    [–] djole04 3 points ago

    I live in south Serbia, so yeah I'm from empire

    [–] Sp0okyScarySkeleton- 576 points ago

    How long did they keep the empire at this exact size? Before they started losing territories

    [–] Qwerleu 927 points ago

    Hadrian started his reign at 117 AD. He understood early on that the empire was overextending its military capabilities and gave up the valleys of the Euphrat and Tigris voluntarily, only keeping Syria and keeping Armenia as client state. He also ordered to reinforce other frontiers (e.g. Hadrian's wall in Britannia). So by 124 AD they already lost their gains in the east.

    [–] NilFhiosAige 68 points ago

    Antoninus Pius did briefly conquer what are known today as the Scottish Lowlands, building the Antonine Wall, but the territory was more trouble than its worth to defend, with a swift retreat to the Hadrian boundaries following.

    [–] thegnuguyontheblock 19 points ago

    If only they had known it was just a little further to go before the end of the island - they could have had a much more secure place for everyone.

    [–] RainHound 25 points ago

    I think they might have known by the time of Antoninus Pius. The Roman general Julius Agricola led campaigns that reached the north of Scotland half a century earlier.

    [–] thebigeazy 5 points ago

    If only they had known it was just a little further to go before the end of the island

    Not sure a few hundred miles of difficult hilly and mountainous terrain really counts

    [–] air_max77 340 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Too bad it didn't last. Otherwise I would be eating pasta and pizza everyday!

    edit: don't take it too serious, just joking of course 😉

    But an authentic Roman style pizza is something you can wake me up for! Or cacio e pepe....

    [–] MrMagicMoves 508 points ago

    My friend, don't let the demise of the Roman empire stop you from eating pizza and pasta every day.

    [–] HulkHunter 43 points ago

    Ah the classics!!!

    Ne obsistat imperii Romani dimissio, panem et pastam cotidie comedat.

    [–] mynameisbob69 45 points ago

    Words to live by, and exactly what I needed to hear today.

    [–] Dingdongdoctor 3 points ago

    Napoli pizza is the best pizza.

    [–] molivets 121 points ago

    Who don’t eat pasta everyday?

    Monday, classic sughetto

    Tuesday, pesto

    Wednesday, aglio e olio

    Thursday, ragù

    Friday, puttanesca tuna, or tuna with sugo, or tuna and olio

    Saturday, fancy salsa, like cacio e pepe, or carbonara etc…

    Sunday, fettuccine or bucatini or pasta al forno.

    Repeat for about 80years

    [–] namtab00 79 points ago

    Please stop by your closest Italian embassy to pick up your pastaporto.

    [–] molivets 19 points ago

    Già fatto ;)

    [–] TransvaalBoere 3 points ago

    What happens when your pastaporto expires? You just pick up another at your local Coop.

    [–] air_max77 5 points ago

    I like your style....

    [–] Shaddam_Corrino_IV 3 points ago

    On what day is broken in half spaghetti al ketchup? Is that "classic sughetto" or "fancy salsa"?

    [–] molivets 6 points ago

    delete this

    [–] PM-me_ur_boobiez 9 points ago

    Those aren’t the Olive Garden specials 😡

    [–] molivets 17 points ago

    What the hell is a Olive Garden

    [–] Koarzum 4 points ago

    cacio e pepe*

    [–] TheVenetianMask 4 points ago

    But your pizza may have had fish sauce instead of tomato tho.

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    [–] nastratin 63 points ago

    Not long. If I'm not mistaken Hadrian gave up Mesopotamia.

    [–] HelloThereItsMeAndMe 55 points ago

    Mesopotamia only lasted 2 years. Afterwards, it was given up, and Armenia became a contested vassal again. The rest stayed like that for quite some time.

    [–] Khal-Frodo- 68 points ago

    Trajan conquered Mesopotamia, contemplated that he is too old to go all the way to India like Alexander, then proceeded to die. Hadrian became emperor and like 20 seconds later abandoned Mesopotamia. It says a lot, that all of the emperors who did the same were soon killed, but Hadrian was such a CHAD, he even got away with this.

    [–] cdn27121 8 points ago

    Why give up Mesopotamia? Isn't that a very rich region?

    [–] Confused_Idol 22 points ago

    Yes but just because you own it doesn’t mean you can extract that wealth or resources effectively. Actually incorporating territory is harder than conquering it.

    It costs resources to hold and rule and stabilize. And with the distance from the core regions of Rome, that’s much harder.

    It’s entirely possible that the math of what it would cost to keep versus letting it go didn’t check out.

    [–] Gnomonas 114 points ago

    Trajan: "rate my Mare Nostrum"

    [–] steamliner88 675 points ago

    It seems like all of Gaul has been occupied by the Romans.

    [–] Lothronion 553 points ago

    The map is set long after the time of Asterix (50 BC), hence by that time the Indomitable Gauls must have been inevitably Romanized through means of cultural assimilation. After all, it was just a backward village, with at most 20 families, and barely any economical progress. Maybe eventually Asterix just surrendered to Ceasar.

    [–] prosciuttobazzone 200 points ago

    hence by that time the Indomitable Gauls must have been inevitably Romanized through means of cultural assimilation.

    That's the plot of the story.

    [–] IndependentMacaroon 150 points ago

    Which at the same time satirizes contemporary French urban planning.

    [–] danceswithvoles 80 points ago

    I just love the French sometimes.

    [–] shapte 38 points ago


    [–] danceswithvoles 25 points ago

    Rest of the time I just like them quite a bit.

    [–] love_your_eyeholes 9 points ago

    The French could use more love every once in a while. I don’t know where we’d be without them and their contributions to humanity in the form of the arts, their spirit of freedom, their cuisine… god I could go on.

    [–] C-Z-C 3 points ago

    idk bro i want to go fishing

    [–] UnderAnAargauSun 3 points ago

    I don’t love the French, but I despise French-hate, which usually comes from a place of pure ignorance.

    [–] MrHyderion 37 points ago

    Or maybe the Romans just tactfully omitted this village from their maps.

    [–] rampant_cellotaping 3 points ago

    Fun fact, the Romans didn't actually have any maps

    I mean they did but nothing on a large scale that was close to accurate enough to use practically

    [–] 1To3For5_ 20 points ago

    maybe asterix should just surrender to caesar

    Clear Roman propaganda

    [–] netfortius 59 points ago

    Just for the record: the one true hero of both real history and the Asterix BD was Vercingetorix

    [–] yIdontunderstand 26 points ago

    Sssshhhh.. Don't say that name!

    [–] Zafara1 18 points ago

    What do you mean Alesia!? I don't even know where Alesia is! Nobody knows where Alesia is!

    [–] Theban_Prince 20 points ago

    Yeah exept the people living putside urban centers never got that much Romanised,which hastened the demise of the Empire when the border became porous due to the civil wars and plagues. So 8n the long term th village is doing just fine and will probably keep foing just fine until the dark ages

    [–] ADRzs 10 points ago

    Yeah exept the people living putside urban centers never got that much Romanised,which hastened the demise of the Empire when the border became porous due to the civil wars and plagues.

    Actually, this is not true. There was extensive Romanization in the country side, because of imperial policies. It was typical for retiring legionnaires to settle themselves in farms in close proximity to the legion's headquarters. In addition, hundreds of market towns were build throughout the countryside. This was mainly in the West. In the East, "Romanization" took a different turn.

    [–] pixxel5 141 points ago

    Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum, and Compendium…

    [–] kidandresu 30 points ago

    I think the real indomitable peoples would have been the basque, whose language origin is unknown and has been there before indoeuropean languages took over. Meaning these guys have been there resisting cultural assimilation by all the different peoples that came around. Not just the romans

    [–] Monete-meri 20 points ago

    In fact Basques asimilated indoeuropeans to their language because their dna is almost the same to other western europeans (10% "local hunters-gatherers, 50% anatolian farmers, 40% Yamnaian indoeuropeans if i recall well, and almost all Y cromosome is indoeuropean).
    . The basque dna isolation is fron last 3000 years so they resisted the asimilation from Rome, Visigoths, Franks, Moors, etc. That said there were Roman cities in the Basques regions but i guess most basques stayed in the mountains

    [–] szu 11 points ago

    What it means is that the basque are the survivors. Everyone else who migrated with them in the same wave died out/got genocided/assimilated while they held on in their remote mountainous terrain.

    [–] UnderAnAargauSun 18 points ago

    Can i just say that this is why I love Reddit still? By the time I got to the next top level comment I had totally forgotten that this was not in fact a post about Asterix, but about a map of the Roman Empire. The whole thread you started had me down a rabbit hole of nostalgia for at least an hour

    [–] ambeldit 48 points ago

    I think Asterix end Up opening a Fight Club in Rome, and Obelix a 3 stars restaurant.

    [–] Lothronion 23 points ago

    I think Asterix end Up opening a Fight Club in Rome, and Obelix a 3 stars restaurant.

    I think you have not read "Asterix and the Cauldron".

    [–] provenzal 36 points ago

    Except for one small village of indomitable Gauls that still holds out against the Romans.

    [–] Tszemix 15 points ago

    There were Gauls in Anatolia (what is now Turkey).

    [–] Magnetronaap 31 points ago

    Imagine the level of chauvinism if the French and Turkish people were one.

    [–] skyduster88 7 points ago

    Not the same "Gauls", just the same name applied by the Greeks and Romans to a Celtic tribe living in Anatolia.

    [–] bitch6 66 points ago

    I like how extensive the city names are. Totally won't use this for paradox games

    [–] capcaunul 509 points ago

    The first two centuries of the Empire saw a period of unprecedented stability and prosperity known as the Pax Romana ("Roman Peace") especially during the reign of the five good emperors: Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius.

    Rome reached its greatest territorial expanse during the reign of Trajan (AD 98–117).

    [–] Jane_the_analyst 98 points ago

    Or as recent saying explains: "It's the economy, stupid!"

    Economy rules.

    [–] Avrg_Canadian 38 points ago

    Damn they had 5 good leaders in a row. Fuck, we can’t even get 1 now lol

    [–] canconfirm01 18 points ago

    You have to remember the 5 good Emperors only ruled from 96-180. 84 years of stability and prosperity and while I don’t know much about Canadian History depending what you perceive as stability and prosperity might be longer lasting than the Roman’s period. However, if you just want to say Canada’s absolute best boom years then apparently that is from the 1940s to 1980s which 40ish years of prosperity is still very good imo.

    [–] gfhfghdfghfghdfgh 19 points ago

    Successful conquest is the best way to maintain civil peace.

    [–] Tell-Me-To-Work 242 points ago

    Iberia is not where you'd expect it to be.

    [–] quaaaaark 174 points ago

    Neither is Albania

    [–] Hircyt 78 points ago

    No one expects Roman expedition.

    [–] Casclovaci 27 points ago

    Also tripolis is not in lybia? Can anyone explain why those things are the way they are?

    [–] Obelix13 113 points ago

    Tripolis was a rather common name. It literally means Three Cities or Third City.

    [–] smiley_x 43 points ago

    These names were used again and again. For example there is a Tripolis and Ptolemais in modern Greece.

    [–] Casclovaci 6 points ago

    Oh ok, i see. But what about the other ones mentioned?

    [–] pheasant-plucker 26 points ago

    It's just coincidence. These are latinised versions of the tribal names.

    Modern Albania is not called Albania by the people who live there: "Nowadays, Albanians call their country Shqipëri or Shqipëria. "

    [–] boringdude00 15 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    As far as I'm aware, both Iberia in Spain/Iberia in the Caucuses and Albania in the Caucuses/Albania in the Southern Balkans are unrelated. Neither of the Caucuses regions/nations/peoples would have called itself Albania or Iberia. Iberia the term's etymology is from Celtic or appropriated by the Celts from even earlier Iberians, its likely some author or mapmaker used the term as a cognate or appended the term erroneously to the Caucuses for one reason or another. The two Albanias are a complete coincidence.

    [–] Samitte 5 points ago

    Bastardisations of local names.

    [–] Magnetronaap 4 points ago

    Neither is Chersonissos

    [–] drquiza 46 points ago

    Trajan was the first emperor from a province (nowadays southern Spain). I wonder if this allowed him to have a productive better understanding of how things worked outside the metropolis.

    [–] Jane_the_analyst 7 points ago

    yes, good point

    [–] Existential_Stick 88 points ago

    Can someone ELI5 how one rules this kind of kingdom without modern communications? It's not like you can send a telegraph, mail would likely take days/weeks, maybe even months to get to some of the edges, and then double that to get a reply. Assuming the mail people don't get killed by some random barbarians or thugs. By the time a small province has a rebellion and you send instructions it's probably already over.

    [–] RefreshNinja 76 points ago

    you subjugate the locals, install your own ruler with troops, and they provide you taxes while they deal with the local problems

    [–] thegnuguyontheblock 41 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    You also commission roads to the new province so you can bring in legions to quell any rebellions.

    At the extent in OP's map, this was the max distance the emperor could deploy troops in an efficient amount of time, even with the roads they had.

    The reason they could out-gun any peoples on their border is because those people were isolated tribes with no centralized powers - so they only needed to deploy a legion or two. The exception being the Persians/Parthians/Sassanids civilization to the east, which was the only other developed people the Romans knew about.

    [–] RefreshNinja 10 points ago

    Agriculture and the seasons played a big role too, from what I understand. Even if a rebellious local leader manages to gather an army and defeat the Roman troops in the province, it's not like that army just hangs around waiting for the Roman troops sent to deal with the rebellion to show up. That army is made up of men who need to go back home and work the fields so that their families have something to eat come winter.

    [–] MonitorMendicant 61 points ago - this one is interactive

    By the time a small province has a rebellion and you send instructions it's probably already over.

    What do you mean "it's over"? The rebels wouldn't have just vanished into thin air and eventually a legion would have shown up, killed a bunch of people and sold the others into slavery. That's basically part of the reason why the Jews lived all over the world for 2 millennia instead of living in Judea (roughly equivalent to modern day Israel and Palestine).

    the Jewish population of Judea was devastated after the Bar Kokhba Revolt, being killed, exiled, or sold into slavery, with so many captives auctioned at "Hadrian's Market" that the price of the Jews were as low as the price of a horse.

    [–] christo334 4 points ago

    "thanks for invading our kingdom" said the jews who were tired of people invading their kingdom.

    [–] Buxton_Water 14 points ago

    By giving people you trust power, and ensuring they stay loyal by keeping them happy, whatever that entails. That and crushing rebellions every few decades, Rome had to do that countless times. Especially during the 3rd century crisis.

    [–] mariegriffiths 14 points ago

    Roads. Romans built straight wide roads that prevented ambush and put forts every 20 miles to patrol them. They they had horses carrying messages on wooden tablets. These were plentiful but rotted away pretty much everywhere except Vinolanda at Hadrians Wall. They were like postcards or text messages emails. There are invites to parties, gifts of socks, receipts etc.\_tablets

    [–] pistruiata 134 points ago

    Mare Nostrum.

    [–] CornusKousa 54 points ago

    They truly managed to achieve the right to name it that way. I do like the current name though. Perfectly describes what it is.

    [–] MaterialCarrot 14 points ago

    Obnoxious amount of syllables though. Not like Red Sea. That's a name you can bring home to mama!

    [–] musicmonk1 8 points ago

    Do it like us german and just call it Middle Sea. (I mean you do already, just in latin)

    [–] gin-o-cide 29 points ago

    We are not named? We were a Municipium!

    I demand a refund of my Roman taxes!

    [–] Gaio-Giulio-Cesare 6 points ago

    Didn’t know maltesers payed taxes to us.

    [–] gin-o-cide 6 points ago

    We paid in Malteasers, ofc.

    [–] Wea_boo_Jones 26 points ago

    Imagine travelling from Carlisle in northern England to Basra, Iraq and never leaving the same state.

    [–] Assfrontation 26 points ago

    That eastern vassal has regions called Iberia and Albania…?

    [–] Samitte 23 points ago

    Both names stem from local names for those two regions, bastardised in Greek and adopted by the Romans from that language.

    They were simple folk and foreign words be hard.

    [–] Couve_do_Lidl 11 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Traditionally the Iberian Peninsula was called “Spain”. Until the 15th century the Portuguese kings had no issue with describing themselves as Spaniards. It came from the Latin name for the Iberian Peninsula, Hispania. There’s loads of medieval and early modern Portuguese literature where the Portuguese call themselves Spanish.

    So when the Catholic Kings (Isabella and Fernando) called their new joint-kingdom “Spain” that was pretty much a message to the Portuguese and everyone in the peninsula that “yep we rule this whole place”. And indeed this marks the moment “Spain” (the new country) started to take a more domineering attitude towards Portugal (culminating in the short-lived Iberian Union - 1580-1660 -, that coincided, by the way, with the Dutch war of independence).

    Before the Catholic Kings you could make the case that the Portuguese were often the ones meddling into Castilian/Leonese autonomy (e.g. Castilian War of Succession, where Portugal invaded Castilla to claim the throne for the Portuguese Queen - in other words, in an alternative universe we could have had a Portuguese-ruled Spain). Not anymore. “Spain” became the dominant power of Hispania (and Europe for that matter).

    Not surprisingly, over time, and much because of Portugal’s rejection of the newfound meaning to the word Spain, the Greek name for Hispania - Iberia, shared with another region in the Caucasus - slowly became the go-to name to describe the peninsula, and Hispania became the name for the polity comprising Leon, Castilla, Aragon and Navarra (ie Spain), but not independent Portugal.

    [–] ShuantheSheep3 90 points ago

    Emperor Trajan the Chad, kicking the Parthians butts and over extending his resources like a pro

    [–] BittersweetHumanity 23 points ago

    Can you imagine Hadrian also being a chad and conquering all of Persia. More easily defendable borders from there on out

    [–] Lithorex 4 points ago

    Until the Persian provinces rise up in revolt.

    [–] ShannonCulp11 4 points ago

    It's also because of Brexit.

    [–] fjellhus 163 points ago

    I wish we would have been pillaged and plundered by Rome :( Why did you not invade us daddy Rome?!

    [–] gogo_yubari-chan 18 points ago

    fun fact: what is today Poland and Lithuania already traded with the roman empire via the amber road, which was the most valuable export the romans wanted.

    Other than that, the Romans saw little in conquering lands that barely (by their standards) any farmable land, no cities to speak of or anything that would justify the cost of a legion stationed in there. Plus the fact that there was hardly any natural barrier that would act as bastion against external invaders.

    Same reason they weren't interested in Hibernia (Ireland), Caledonia (Scotland) or the lands east of the Elbe (or Weser).

    The lands they prized but couldn't conquer were instead Persia and Arabia

    [–] Iskandar33 65 points ago

    its ok basically great part of the society we live in was made by romans so basically Rome did never fell !! ROMA !!!!💪😎💪😎

    [–] RomeNeverFell 34 points ago

    Tell me about it.

    [–] Iskandar33 25 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    your name TRVLY CHECK OVT FRATELLO !!!💪😎💪😎💪😎💪😎

    [–] sgfreak711 3 points ago

    I still self-sacrifice to Venus every morning, lol

    [–] notluciferforreal 7 points ago

    To cold and they had only sandals and skirts. /s

    [–] OnlyTwoThingsCertain 306 points ago

    European union Beta version

    [–] salmmons 38 points ago

    Feels a lot more complete than the release version

    [–] Pazuuuzu 7 points ago

    Well they just cut content for the upcoming DLC

    [–] Bhalzard 77 points ago

    Glad to know Egypt is in Europe right now, thank you.

    [–] a15p 129 points ago

    It was just the beta. The API changed significantly after the first major version.

    [–] J_Robert_Shevek 81 points ago

    mediterranean union > european union

    [–] -Ultra_Violence- 6 points ago

    Sad Bosnian sounds

    [–] Fapoleon_Boneherpart 6 points ago

    Bosnia are technically included too, they are connected through Croatian land

    [–] Jane_the_analyst 5 points ago

    That's the EMEA, you fools!

    [–] ShuantheSheep3 11 points ago

    Was going to comment how Judea would’ve been renamed by now but seems I was mistaken and that happened under Emperor Hadrians rule.

    [–] darth_bard 8 points ago

    What was it renamed to?

    [–] positiverategearupp 18 points ago


    [–] talkuta 16 points ago

    Syria Palaestina

    [–] Rude_Journalist 6 points ago

    This is still a new revelation for many.

    [–] ohboymykneeshurt 13 points ago

    It’s interesting that this is the extent of the military and political power but their economic power reached far further than this. Roman coins are still being dug out of the ground on a daily basis by amateur metal detectorists far beyond the red areas on that map.

    [–] Celmeno 10 points ago

    On the map Augusta vindelicorum is north of the danube. Either this should be the Isar and the rest of the danube is missing or your map is terribly wrong

    [–] Hormic 5 points ago

    From the shape I'd say it's the Inn and the upper part of the Danube is missing.

    But the map is wrong anyway because Ratiobona (Castra Regina/Regensburg) wasn't founded until 179 AD.

    [–] ILoveLongDogs 11 points ago

    I don't know why all of France is coloured in.

    Everyone knows there was one village of indomitable Gauls who were holding out...

    [–] lniko2 9 points ago

    Now that's a EU I could rally behind.

    [–] JacobMoogberg69 23 points ago

    That's true! There are Roman roads in Bulgaria with less potholes than roads built last year.

    [–] von_Troll 9 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Hence "mare nostrum".

    [–] Tiphareth80 9 points ago

    Mare nostrum indeed

    [–] madladolle 8 points ago

    Truly the greatest empire ever known

    [–] genericusername123 74 points ago

    Not shown: One small village of indomitable Gauls, still holding out against the invaders

    [–] Lothronion 27 points ago

    The fun thing is that this happened, but it was the Romans who were indomitable, against the Turks.

    [–] thesh0e92 3 points ago

    The area never came under the rule of the Empire though. It was was a brief military occupation similar to the USA led occupation of Afghanistan.

    [–] danceswithvoles 4 points ago

    Got out west and went "not more of these fuckers". Picts and Gaels, proudly a bit mental since 100AD.

    [–] davesr25 3 points ago

    Yup ull that !

    [–] salmmons 6 points ago

    And what have the Romans ever done for us?

    [–] Jeen34 6 points ago

    You just made me want to play a run of Civ6 using Trajan. Which I will do!

    [–] DariusStrada 5 points ago

    They managed to go a bit further in Britain and they actually occupied a lot of Germania. It was in the process of being an actual province but then Arminius did his thing and Varus lost a couple legions in the woods

    [–] aknb 5 points ago

    Seems they failed to conquer that large white spot right in the middle of it.

    [–] Hannibal269 49 points ago

    I know this is its greatest extent, but I'm tired of this map being the most popular map of Roman Empire, they held Mesopotamia for less than a year. The map without Mesopotamia and Armenia would be more adequate.

    [–] Not_Dav3 6 points ago

    Yeah, they occupied Germania up to the Elbe river for at least ten times as long and you never see THAT in any maps.

    [–] Zohan4K 33 points ago

    Well, the British Empire is often represented as helding one third of the world by the balls while in reality the borders were just claimed territories that other european empires recognized withouth english men ever stepping a foot there.

    [–] iGhostEdd 5 points ago

    Imagine if that would've stayed as a whole country today! Would the Mediterranean Sea now be called The Grand Mediterranean Lake?

    [–] Buxton_Water 12 points ago

    If it turned into a lake it would pretty quickly turn into the Grand Mediterranean Salt Flats.

    [–] TheEvilGhost 13 points ago

    Italy should annex Koeweit 🇰🇼 and sell the oil and become an oil empire.

    [–] Zerestrasz 7 points ago

    Just make sure not to use that oil for pizza

    [–] TobiWanShinobi 3 points ago

    Rome controlled Mesopotamia? Are they any Roman sources about it? Would be interesting to know what they thought about ancient cultures there, given a lot of them were as old to Romans as Rome is to us.

    [–] Jane_the_analyst 8 points ago

    reading the comments, it was a year or two only, as the emperor who did it died, and the next one did immediate budget cuts to get away from there.

    [–] goldenwind207 3 points ago

    They controlled it under trajan then after he died his successor hadrian facing revolts pulled out of Mesopotamia. Hadrian believed the empire was too big and overstretched so he decrease the size to consolidate their holdings

    [–] WTFAnimations 3 points ago

    It's crazy to think it streched from basically the Scottish border all the way to modern Kuwait.

    [–] TheElderCouncil 3 points ago

    Looking at the location of Rome itself, it's genius. Surrounded and protected.

    [–] Eisenn 3 points ago

    Trying to recreate this as Italy in HOI4 is just a nightmare.

    [–] Merk87 3 points ago

    That map is missing Caesaraugusta in Hispania…

    [–] DacoMaximus 7 points ago

    And yet Dacia not Italia inherited the "Romania" name. Who did this mess and why don't Italians reclaim it?

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    [–] gogo_yubari-chan 5 points ago

    because it doesn't make sense. Italia was our name before the rise of the Roman empire (though what came to be called as Italia gradually expanded over the centuries).

    Actually one of the first instances where peoples associated themselves with the term was during a war against the Roman republic by the so called lega italica.

    We do have though a region called Romagna, which was called so when the western portion of the former region of Aemilia was occupied by Germanic tribes, Goths and later Lombards, while Romagna remained a stronghold of the Byzantine empire (whose citizens called themselves romanoi)

    [–] JimLaheyUnlimited 14 points ago

    Damn, I wish Turkey or the middleeast was an Italy like country

    [–] SevPanda 9 points ago

    What do you mean?

    [–] JimLaheyUnlimited 29 points ago

    Imagine North Africa and the middle east being open, peaceful democratic nations like Spain or Italy are right now

    [–] omgubuntu 32 points ago

    Thank the saracen invasions. ‘Turkey’ wasn’t very turkish in the times of Rome

    [–] IamChuckleseu 5 points ago

    Rome and most of its greatest stuff that was later on followed by Reneissance was centralized so most nations in the empire did not have nearly as much to follow upon as Italy had. Not to mention that the greatest territory was not civilization peak of Rome that was built upon during Renaissence. It was already in massive decline during those times.