The ancient Romans
believed that the empire would last forever, so they built things to last
a long, long time.
Roman Buildings: The Romans
invented an incredible building material concrete.
They used it to build the dome of the Pantheon, which even today is still one of the
largest single-span domes in the world. The also used concrete to
build the Colosseum, the Circus
Maximus, and even an underwater port facility at Caesarea (in
One of the
greatest feats of Roman engineers were the Roman roads. These
roads were used to connect all parts of the empire to Rome itself.
They built thousands of miles of roads.
still used these roads until the onset of the automobile which were too
big to use them. So modern road builders simply widened them a
little, covered them with asphalt, and continued to use them as a road
The Romans had
another great idea - milestones. A milestone is a large stone
marker placed along the side of the road that gave the distance to the
nearest city, when that section road was built and who paid for that
section of road.