Roman Roads (summary)



The Roman Army needed better roads to keep the Britons under control, furthermore, the roman generals needed good path to send orders to the roman soldiers, apart from that, the roads were important for moving supplies food and weapons to the soldiers, in peace of time good safe road mean more taxes for the Emperador.

So how did the romans manage to build such straight roads?
The engineers used “the Groma”, that were a pair of boards fastened together onto a cross shape, besides, line with weight were hung in every corner to get a straight line by lining up the weights with a pole, in addition, in forest areas, they built fires in a straight line, because they wanted to use the smoke as a marker for the groma.


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