Ordo urbium nobilium

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Ordo Urbium Nobilium is a Latin poem in dactylic hexameter by Decimus Magnus Ausonius.

It was written after a journey Ausonius took through the Roman empire between years 388 and 390.

The book listed brief descriptions of the major cities of the Roman State.

In the book he ranked Roman major cities from the most important one to the less important one.

The ranking is the following:

  1. Roma
  2. Constantinopolis and Carthago (Carthage)
  3. Antiochia (Antioch on the Orontes) and Alexandria
  4. Treveris (Trier)
  5. Mediolanum (Milan)
  6. Capua
  7. Aquileia
  8. Arelas (Arles)
  9. Hispalis/Emerita (Seville), Corduba (Córdoba), Tarraco (Tarragona) and Bracara (Braga)
  10. Athenae (Athens)
  11. Catana (Catania) and Syracusae (Siracusa)
  12. Tolosa (Toulouse)
  13. Narbona (Narbonne)
  14. Burdigala (Bordeaux)

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