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In order to be able to move legionary forces rapidly and easily about the Empire, the Romans built an extensive network of roads branching out from the capital. The first and most famous, the Via Appia, led from Rome to Brindisium on Italy's east coast, departure point for the eastern provinces. A stretch of Roman road is built as an experiment to illustrate how Roman engineers went about constructing roads so durable that many survive to this day.
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28 April 2006

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used by students to emphasise the importance of Rome's road network. Why were they so important? Why have a large majority of these networks lasted? Students could be asked to think of good examples of Roman roads in their locality or in other places of the UK. Using maps, compare the UK’s network of Roman roads with their modern equivalents.

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