Benvenuti in queste pagine dedicate a scienza ed arte. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kardo and Decumanus - Torino

Romans planned their military castra with a precise regular scheme, based on two main axes, crossing at right angles at the center of the settlement. These axes are known as Decumanus (D) and Kardo (K). Sometimes, a castrum evolved in a colonia and then in a modern town. Torino is an example of this evolution, that was born as a Julius Caesar’s castrum. Today, the Decumanus is Via Garibaldi. In this Google Earth map, we can easily see the rectangle of the Roman town, composed of several insulae. The modern town had maintained this layout during its expansion.