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Roman Roads


The ancient Romans said "All roads lead to Rome."  In ancient Rome, that was true.  Rome was considered the center of the empire and every city and province had to be connected to the center.  There was even a mile marker in the center of Rome that you were supposed to use to measure distance.  Every time a new area was conquered or a new province was created, roads were built to connect that province to Rome.

Roads were built in as straight a line as possible with stone bridges and tunnels if necessary.  Along the side of road, the Romans placed signs called milestones.  Milestones told how far it was back to Rome, and sometimes how far to the nearest town and even who was emperor when the road was built.

The Romans built thousands of miles of roads and yes, all roads did eventually lead to Rome.

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