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Many of the major roads were created during the Roman Republic. The (in)famous Via Appia or Appian Way was the scene of Clodius the Beautiful's final confrontation with the rival gang of Milo and the location of the crucifixion of the captives from the Spartacan War. Later, around the surrounding countryside, some Christians buried their families, separately from the pagan burial grounds [see "The Christianization of Space along the via Appia: Changing Landscape in the Suburbs of Rome," byLucrezia Spera; American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 107, No. 1 (Jan., 2003)], and erected churches. The first Christian emperor, Constantine, set the new capital city of Constantinople at the eastern, Bosporus end of the Via Egnatia, that traversed the land from the east coast of the Adriatic Sea.
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