traces a vast road network across
the known world, from Rome itself through large sections of Europe, Africa,
the MiddleEast and Asia (see Figure 8.1). The extent to which this document
Mapping the space of flows 177
Figure 8.1 Unknown author, Tabula Peutingeriana, c. fourth–fifth centuries. Conradi
Millieri / Wikimedia / public domain.
might actually be considered a true map is contested, given the common suggestion that it is just a diagram of a route network visualising a pre-existing itinerary
listing destinations along these roads.2 But Richard Talbert