"(Ital.) Rome. The Appian Way. 38 x 18. In ancient times, this was called the queen of roads (regina viarum.) it was commenced in 313 B.C., under Appius Claudius Coecus, and was subsequently carried as far as Brundusium, the modern Brindisi. Its cost must have been prodigous, as the pavement consisted of large, six-sided blocks of stone fitted together with the greatest nicety, so as to form one smooth mass. The foundation was also laid with the greatest care. The land on either side was a favorite burial place with the ancient Romans. Pius IX had eleven miles of it uncovered from the accumulated rubbish of ages. This part now forms one of the finest drives out of Rome."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.