Roads of the Romans

Roads of the Romans

by Romolo Staccioli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0892367326

ISBN-13: 9780892367320

Pub. Date: 09/22/2003

Publisher: Getty Publications

While the ancient Romans were not the first society to construct a system of great roads, they did introduce important technical advancements and develop a highly organized and pervasive network that joined their territories in a gigantic web. Spanning over 50,000 miles and three continents, the network was a defensive matrix as well as a means to integrate the

Overview

While the ancient Romans were not the first society to construct a system of great roads, they did introduce important technical advancements and develop a highly organized and pervasive network that joined their territories in a gigantic web. Spanning over 50,000 miles and three continents, the network was a defensive matrix as well as a means to integrate the provinces into their empire. Without it, the empire would never have grown so vast or lasted as long. Beginning with the city streets of Rome, Romolo Staccioli's study progresses outward to the suburban routes linking Rome with surrounding towns; the Via Latina, the national road that was the backbone of the entire system; and the great "consular" roads such as the Via Appia that connected Rome with the distant regions of its sprawling empire. Staccioli considers the infrastructure (bridges, viaducts, and tunnels) that supported the system as well as the facilities (rest stations as well as vehicle and sundry services) that supported its travelers. Finally, he discusses the extent to which this system survived the end of the ancient world and remained operative, with various modifications, into the modern age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367320
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
09/22/2003
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction5
The Streets of the City11
The Roads outside the City29
The Consular Roads55
The Great Roads of the Empire83
The Most Durable of Monuments105
Bibliographical Note128
Index129

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