All roads lead to Rome

The strong economy and administrative power of the ancient Roman Empire was basing enormously on the ability to provide a good road network across its empire. Troops could march fast on these streets strengthening the borders or regain control of a rebellious province, just like merchants were able to transport safely and fast their goods between cities and provinces. These roads showed the difference to many other ancient empires and even later empires. The sufficient road network led to the feeling of a smaller world and showed even poorer people that every spot of the empire is reachable and the same road in front of the house leads to these distant locations. One of the most important roads in the ancient Italian peninsula was the Via Appia, leading from Brindisi to the capital Rome. Continue reading