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Ts almost entirely to Save the Cupcake! facilitate trade Later routes were constructed to accommodate military movement as well That meant milestones many of which survive and bridges and gates and inns in every town and city the roads reached Some routes became lined withamily tombs the ruins of which may still be seen Gates and bridges often were built over in later centuries and many are still in use The author shows you all of these rom all over Europe samples of all of them anyway accompanied by detailed text that explains exactly what you re looking at "and what it means I wish I could plan a long summer vacation "what it means I wish

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could plan a summer vacation this book The book in not just about the roads but rather how the roads were used and how their presence influenced the development of the empire and subseuent cultures My biggest complaint actually involves the ont size What were they thinking The print is too small to comfortably read. S of its sprawling empire Staccioli considers the infrastructure bridges viaducts and tunnels thatsupported the system as well as the Tressed to Kill facilities rest stations as well as vehicle and sundry services that supported its travelers Finally he discusses the extent to which this system survived the end of the ancient world and remained operative with various modifications into the modernage. Ot like the Pantheon or the Coliseum That s when I knew I was going to be some sort of historian Walk down a street in Italy or France or Germany and you re traveling through time Staccioli knows all about thateeling This engrossing small volume only about 130 pages is illed with than 100 color plates of the system of thoroughfares and highways constructed by Republican and Imperial Rome "Not The First Road Building Culture But Certainly The Greatest "the irst road building culture but certainly the greatest roads were what held the Empire together politically and commercially and all roads led to Rome Start at the Forum in the center of the city and travel in any direction up into Europe or down into the Mediterranean east into Asia or west to Britain the way you The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev follow will almost certainly be laid atop an original Roman surface Theirst ones were constructed not by a central bureaucracy but by individuals with private wealth and by consular ac. Without it the empire would never have grown so vast or lasted as long Beginning with the city streets of Rome Romolo Staccioli's study progresses outward to the suburban routes linking Rome withsurrounding towns; the Via Latina the national road that was the backbone entire system; and the great consular roads such as the Via Appia that connected with the region. ,

I was an army brat and I lived or some years in Europe as a kid It seemed normal to me at the time of course but it years in Europe as a kid It seemed normal to me at the time of course but it t until I was back in the States "and in high school that it began to dawn on me just how insular the life experiences "in high school that it began to dawn on me just how insular the life experiences many of my classmates were This was especially true of history To most of them history was a theoretical subject involving the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers and the Civil War and various other iconic national experiences written with capital letters But I had a riend in Rome whose amily lived in a house that was older than the United States and they thought nothing of it The bus I rode on to school traveled down streets the routes of which were twenty centuries old That was what really got to me deep down The roads and the streets They weren t museums or even locations that people paid conscious attention to as encompassing the deep past While the ancient Romans were not the irst society to construct a system of great roads they did introduce important technical advancements and develop a highly organized and pervasive network that joined their territories in a gigantic web Spanning over 50000 miles and three continentsthe network was a defensive matrix as well as a means to integrate the provinces into their empire. ,
The Roads of the Romans

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