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Blariacum (Blerick)


Detail of map of Germania Inferior. Design Jona Lendering.
The location of Blariacum,
near the Meuse (number 47-48)
Germania inferior: small province of the Roman empire, situated along the Lower Rhine. This webpage is part of a series of short descriptions of villages in Germania inferior. An overview can be found here.

Blariacum is mentioned as a road-house on the Peutinger map and can be identified with modern Blerick. It is situated on the west bank of the Meuse and was situated along the road from Tongeren to Nijmegen.

It is likely that there was a bridge across the Meuse, to modern Venlo. If this is correct, there must have been a fort in the fourth century, bu the archaeological evidence is not particularly strong, although a large Roman building, measuring 20x10 meters and dating back to the second century, has been excavated in 2012. It may have been an inn.

The existence of another station along the road from Tongeren to Nijmegen has been suggested for Lottum, just north of Blerick.

Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier.
Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier (order; review)



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