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Were the buildings in an ancient Roman city numbered, named or something else? How would they tell each other where they lived? Were the numbers painted on the walls? Did they have apartment numbers? What would've happened when they wanted to know where to go? Where would they tell their servants to take them?

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As others have said in the answers they might have used addresses. For the record many places in the world today (e.g. Africa) don't use house numbers/addresses for post. – Rory Jan 3 '12 at 10:59
ILXVIII Via Appia ? – Tyler Durden Sep 17 '15 at 14:38
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I visited Rome and also Pompeii last week. According to our tour guide and the evidence left by the protection provided to the ruins of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, citizens of Pompeii in 79 AD did have street names and house numbers. Some even had signs in the entry way to their home warning “Cave Canem” or “Beware of Dog”.

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Pompeii are well covered by the google street view. It would be nice to have a link to the street address evidence and to the cave canem sign. – horsh May 22 '13 at 12:13
Those ones look suspiciously modern. – horsh May 22 '13 at 18:42
I would appreciate authoritative info on this – nic May 23 '13 at 11:14
@horsh Indeed, this site pompeiiinpictures.com/pompeiiinpictures/R0/name_index.htm says "The original Roman house names and numbers are not known." – Anixx May 23 '13 at 19:25

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