All Roads Lead to Rome: The History of the Appian Way

ISBN: 9781497443365
*Includes pictures.
*Includes ancient accounts of the Appian Way's history and construction.
*Explains the Appian Way's role during the Second Punic War and Spartacus' rebellion.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“Appia teritur regina longarum viarum” ("The Appian Way is the queen of the long roads") - Statius

The modern world has the ancient Romans to thank for the origins of many modern technologies, conveniences, and ideas such as running water, baths, and republican style government, but roads are another influence the Romans have had on the modern world that are often taken for granted. Although Roman roads may not have attained the glamorous status of other inventions, their influence is just as profound; roads provide essential communication and transport lines for any country – they are the veins and arteries that move the life-blood of trade and peoples that make a country thrive. Indeed, throughout the hundreds of years when Rome was ascendant in the ancient world, the roads they built held together first their republic and then their empire into a cohesive unit.
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