The Roads of the Romans (PDF)
Fascinating history of the roads in and around Rome and the imperial system of highways The book in not just about the roads but rather how the roads were used and how system of highways The book in not just about the roads but rather how the roads were used and how presence influenced the development of the mpire and subseuent cultures My biggest complaint actually involves the font size What were they thinking The print is too
small to comfortably read Read for a course on travel in antiuity A to comfortably read Read for a course on travel in antiuity A informative read with vividly gorgeous photos as accompaniment I was an army brat and I lived for some years in Europe as a kid It seemed normal to me at the time of course but it wasn t until I was back in the States and in high school that it began to dawn on me just how insular the life xperiences of many of my classmates were This was specially 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 xperiences written with While the ancient Romans were not the first 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 mpire. Rt at the Forum in the center of the city and travel in any direction up into Europe or down into the Mediterranean ast into Asia or west to Britain the way you follow will almost certainly be laid atop an original Roman surface The first ones were constructed not by a central bureaucracy but by individuals with private wealth and by consular acts almost ntirely to 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 very town and city the roads reached Some routes became lined with family 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 from all over Europe samples The author shows you all of these from all over Europe samples all of them anyway accompanied by detailed text that xplains Placing Memory exactly what you re looking at and what it means I wish I could plan a long summer vacation around this boo. S of its sprawlingmpire Staccioli considers the infrastructure bridges viaducts and tunnels thatsupported the system as well as the facilities rest stations as well as vehicle and sundry services that supported its travelers Finally he discusses the xtent to which this system survived the that supported its travelers Finally he discusses the xtent to which this system survived the of the ancient world and remained operative with various modifications into the modernage.