Skip to comments.Roman 'motorway' secrets unveiled
Posted on 11/29/2005 8:55:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Stretching 535 miles across modern-day Albania, Macedonia and Greece, the stone-paved road made the going easy for charioteers, soldiers and other travellers. It was up to 30 feet wide in places and was dotted with safety features, inns and service stations... Built between 146 and 120 B.C. under the supervision of the top Roman official in Macedonia, proconsul Gaius Egnatius, the highway ran from the Adriatic coast in what is now Albania to modern Turkey, giving Rome quick access to the eastern provinces of its empire. Ancient engineers did such a good job that the Via Egnatia remained in use for some 2,000 years, sticking to its original course even as its paving slabs were plundered for building material. But over the last century, whats visible of it has dwindled to less than two miles in total... She said drivers held the reins with their right hand and wielded their whip with the left, so the Romans made drivers stay on the left to avoid the lash of oncoming riders and keep road-rage incidents to a minimum. There were inns every 30 to 40 miles, and post stations, the Roman equivalent of gas stations, every 7 to 14 miles... Archaeologists also discovered ruins of military outposts, checkpoints and camps, with guard posts built near narrow passes to curb highway robbery.
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They probably still made better time on their highways than Southern Californians.
Parts of the road are clearly visible in Google Earth Pro.
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