All Roads Lead To Rome
Would there have been a Europe – this Europe that we now know as our common homeland – without the Roman Roads? Probably not. As a matter of fact, certainly not. Along the roads ordered by Consuls and Generals, laid out by victorious Emperors and watched over by diligent prosecutors – spread out from the Caucasus to the Atlantic, from Great Britain to the Balkans – legions have passed by and with these legions, language as well as rights have passed by; art forms, models for a civilized society, urban customs including public squares and basilicas, with libraries and theatres, have been spread and assimilated in every direction. The Romans were the first to carefully examine all possible engineering solutions, the way to build a thick network of itineraries: they strived to create a grand globalization, and their roads made that feasible. A History book and a complete Travel Guide, written with great enthusiasm and admirable expertise by Luigi Bernardi.