(ORDO NEWS) — People used roads as far back as the Bronze Age, but the Romans actually reinvented them, showing what roads really should be.
For example, to create the foundation of the most reliable roads, the Romans first dug a moat about three meters deep, filled it with layers of stone, sand and gravel, and then covered it with volcanic rock.
Unsurprisingly, Roman roads were extremely smooth, weather-resistant, and extremely durable. Many of Europe’s modern highways were built on top of Roman roads.
All roads lead to Rome
In total, the Romans built over 400,000 kilometers of roads that united numerous provinces with the Eternal City. This, by the way, is even greater than the average distance from the Earth to the Moon, which is 384,400 kilometers.
In total, the Romans laid roads of three types:
- Via terrena – a country road that is compacted earth;
- Via glareata – gravel dirt road;
- Via munita is the most reliable and beautiful road, which had a multi-layer structure (this was at the beginning of the article) and was covered with stone blocks obtained from the area where it was laid.
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