The Via Maris (purple), King's Highway (red), and other ancient Levantine trade routes, c. 1300 BCE.

The Via Traiana Nova or Via Nova Traiana (Latin for 'Trajan's New Road'), previously known as the Via Regia or King's Highway, was an ancient Roman road built by Emperor Trajan in the province of Arabia Petraea, from Aqaba on the Red Sea to Bostra. It was specifically known as the Via Traiana Nova in order to distinguish it from the Via Traiana in Italy. It is occasionally also referred to simply as the Via Nova[1] or 'Via Nova Traiana'[2] Its construction started shortly after the annexation of Arabia, supervised by governor Gaius Claudius Severus, and was completed under Hadrian.[1]


  1. ^ a b Browning, Iain (1982:33) Jerash and the Decapolis (London: Chatto & Windus)
  2. ^ Young, Gary K. (2001:119) Rome's Eastern Trade: International commerce and imperial policy, 31 BC - AD 305 (London: Routledge)