As everyone knows Sir Austin is a huge highway buff, which might explain his passion to become the best Austin long distance moving company. However the modern day interstate highway system would not be what it is today without the massive contribution that was made by the original long distance moving company, The Roman Empire. At its peak, Roman roads expanded to every area of the empire and helped the Romans keep control of vast areas of land by quickly expediting soldiers and weaponry to the farthest regions of the territory. Without these massive contributions the interstate highway wouldn’t be what it is today and Sir wanted to solute these brave road warriors (the first TXDot if you will) for everything they passed down to us. This article is a solute to each and every worker that had a hand in building the original interstate highway system.
The Romans were master engineers and nowhere is this more evident than in the over 55,000 miles of paved highways that the Romans built throughout the course of their 700 year reign. The Roman road system was the crowning engineering achievement made by the Romans and the highways they paved would encircle the globe if stacked end-to-end. At the height of the empire these paved roads formed the backbone of Roman strength and allowed for the rapid movement of not just goods and services between towns but also the movement of troops and military equipment which helped the Romans retain a grip on almost the entire known world at the time.
“The Appian Way, the queen of the long roads”
The backbone of the Roman highway system was a 350 mile long road known as The Appian Way that spanned all the way from the Capitol of Rome to the furthest parts of the region. The Appian Way gave Rome a tremendous military advantage in that it allowed for troop transports at a rapid pace. The road was the main military supply line so it was also the heaviest traveled where the military was concerned. The road was also used extensively to move construction materials in and out of Rome for building purposes as well. The road gave rise to the saying “All Roads Lead To Rome” and The Appian Way became affectionately known as the “Queen the of Long Roads”.
When compared to the other structures built by the Roman Empire (I.E. The Colosseum, Aqueducts, and other Engineering Achievements) The Appian way is one of the best preserved attractions that Rome has to offer. The road was constructed with large stones that after years of travel have been set in ‘stone’. In many parts of Rome the road is still in tact and when walking on them, you are walking in the footsteps of past Roman Emperors, Roman Army, as well as other giants of Roman history.
Another great achievement that is credited to the Romans is the use of Road Milestones. The Romans were the first to use milestones to mark the distances between cities and towns. The milestones were made from stone and were installed by road builders. They were an integral part of the Roman Road network. The first milestones were installed on The Appian Way. A “Golden Milestone” was placed in the center of Rome and also inspired the Zero Milestone in Washington D.C. that to this day is intended to be the point at which all roads get their distances from.
Check out this super sweet History Channel documentary on the Roman Road System