Roman road in cross-section
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- Insight into antique architecture
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Road - a Roman invention?
The Romans built roads all over their empire. Some of these roads are still visible today and were a basis for our roads today.
The primary purpose was to enable the Roman soldiers to make rapid progress on their way through the Roman Empire. But also merchants, travellers and other Roman citizens used these connections to get quickly from one place to another.
The Roman roads were built as straight as possible and only changed direction when there was an "obstacle" in the way.
During construction they got a solid foundation, which consisted of several compacted layers.
From the bottom to the top, the fill became finer and finer, up to solid slabs or large stones.
In order to allow the rainwater to drain away, a slight slope on both sides was taken into account during construction and in the cities, "stepping stones" (similar to our zebra crossings) were integrated, on which pedestrians could cross the streets without getting wet.
This can still be seen today in the ancient city of Pompeii, near Naples in Italy.
The distance to the next city could be read with the help of the "milestones". These were erected at irregular intervals on the edge of the road.
One of the most famous streets, which can still be seen today, is the Via Appia Antica. It connected the cities of Rome and Brindisi.
Today parts of the Via Appia are used as a highway. The part of this road that is still visible with original pavement is called Appia Antica.
Now the proverb " All roads lead to Rome" gets a completely different clarity under this consideration !
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