Roman roads – the mobility revolution
Acting as traffic arteries for an enormous empire, the Roman roads served to ensure the cohesion and governability of the far-reaching dominion. Built primarily for military and administrative purposes, the “viae publicae” linked military installations, towns and larger settlements. However, the increasing volume of trade soon led to a hive of activity along the roads. It was a colourful scene that included marching military units, convoys of busy traders transporting their wares to the markets on ox and mule-drawn carts, well-to-do citizens travelling in comfortable coaches or sedans and government officials in light, single-axle carriages. Amongst them all were hordes of pedestrians on their way to wherever they had to go.