American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An ancient Roman road between Rome and Capua, begun in A.D. 312 and later extended to Brindisi, with a total length of more than 563 km (350 mi).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. the great paved highway from ancient Rome trough Capua to Brundisium, now Brindisi, constructed partly by Appius Claudius, about 312 b. c.
- n. an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
“Peter lay with those of Paul in a vault on the Appian Way at the place ad Catacumbas, where the Church of St. Sebastian (which on its erection in the fourth century was dedicated to the two Apostles) now stands.”
“Neither Paestum nor Volceii is far from the point where the turnoff for Samnium leaves the Via Annia; the breakaway group would have continued on the Via Annia toward Capua and then taken the Appian Way to Rome.”
“The Consul Cethegus, however, by new drainage, made these lands healthy again, but the civil wars reduced them to a worse condition than the one from which they were redeemed; and in the time of Augustus, as Horace tells us, the Appian Way ran solitary through that vast swamp.”
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