Surprising 7: Seven Things the Romans Gave Us
Surprising 7: Seven Things the Romans Gave Us
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Rome is, in fact, responsible for numerous aspects of modern Western civilization, although they often did not necessarily invent something so much as perfect it.

“There is hardly a district to which we might expect a Roman official to be sent, on service either civil or military, where we do not find roads. They reach the Wall in Britain, run along the Rhine, the Danube, and the Euphrates, and cover, as with a network, the interior provinces of the Empire”, says the road map Itinerarium Antonini. It was during the Samnite Wars that Roman engineers created the first “genuine” Roman road in the direction of Capua, which proved to be so effective for communication, military mobilization, and expediting trade, that the construction concept they used would barely change for the next seven centuries.

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