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Petromantulum?/Petromantalum?/Petrum Viaco

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: J. Kunow, C. Haselgrove Copyright © The Creators. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Oct 02, 2023 07:21 AM History
An ancient settlement or road station, attested by both the Antonine Itineraries and the Peutinger Map, whose precise location is uncertain (BAtlas 11 unlocated Petromantulum/Petrum Viaco).

49.1203993, 1.7710257

unlocated, settlement

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 11 Petromantulum/Petrum Viaco

The placename "Petromantalum" (or in some editions "Petromantulum") appears in the Antonine Itineraries on a route from "Caracotinum" to "Augustobona", where it lies between "Ritumago" and "Luticiam" (modern Paris). Scholars have long identified this place as coincident with one "Petrum viaco", which appears on the Peutinger map after "Ritumagus" and is connected onward to both "Casaromago" and "Brivisara". 

A number of modern locations have been suggested over the years for the site of this Petromant[a|u]lum/Petrum viaco. In compiling Map 11 for the Barrington Atlas,C. Haselgrove cites and follows (without comment) TIR Lutetia (published in 1975), which will go only so far as to say the site must be in the "région de Magny-en-Vexin (Val-d'Oise)". Several discussions of possible sites are summarized therein, including Guiry-en-Vexin (see Guiry-Gadancourt), Radepont, St-Clair-sur-Epte, St-Gervais, and a site called Les Vaux-de-la-Celle at Genainville. J-M Desbordes, writing in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (published in 1976), confidently associates Petromantalum with Les Vaux de la Celle, making no mention of other suggestions or of the rationale for the identification. Haselgrove does not seem to have shared this opinion, since he maps Genainville (incorrectly labeled Génainville) separately and cites PECS in neither context. Writing also in 1976 in the Journal des savants, M. Roblin argues at length for St-Clair-sur-Epte as the identification. This argument seems to have been accepted tentatively by at least some other scholars writing in the francophone tradition (but Elliott has not conducted a full survey of the literature). 
Rather than privileging one or another of these options here, we have left this place resource unlocated but added a connection and appropriate note to the existing place resource for Genainville (Le Vaux de la Celle).

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J. Kunow, C. Haselgrove, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Johan Åhlfeldt, Tom Elliott, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Petromantulum?/Petromantalum?/Petrum Viaco: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 17 July 2024]

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