Roman Roads Essay

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The efficiency and success of Rome was comparable to a well-oiled machine, and like machinery Rome consisted of great engineering. Though on the other hand instead of oil running through Rome it would a more apt comparison to say it is blood running through lively Rome 's veins. With this in mind, the veins that connect and always lead to the heart of Rome would have to be its roads. Also, if the roads are Rome 's veins then Rome as a living organism would have had a great immune system to repel intruders and other threats due to their advanced weaponry. Additionally, the citizens of Rome were able to be healthy, both physically and mentally, due to the luxury of available water that they were able to acquire due to aqueducts. Therefore, Rome …show more content…
An expansive empire like Rome, which "At its height, […] encompassed nearly 1.7 million square miles and included most of southern Europe," would be difficult to maintain and monitor, but with the help of roads the Romans were able to do so and as a result had a great advantage over other empires at the time. For example, roads allowed for trade between different areas so that Rome as an empire had ample resources to share within itself and of course facilitated taxes which would have funded the Roman army that would be necessary to protect the empire. Additionally, roads allowed for travel by normal citizens of course, but it also allowed for the Roman troops to be able to be deployed to different cities in order to defend against invaders and significantly faster than otherwise possible without roads. In fact, "the Roman legion to travel as far as 25 miles per day," as well as allowing information to also be sent very quickly, which gave the Roman troops additional manpower or supplies and information or orders during a crisis at a quicker rate than their enemies would have expected and were able to garner a significant advantage as a result. Therefore, Rome was able to keep their resources and riches among the empire and defend and expand their borders due to …show more content…
Fortunately for the Romans, the Romans were able to obtain ballistae as spoils of war after making the Greek city-states a part of the Roman Republic and once again borrowing from the Greeks. Although they took the Greek ballistae as their own, they were not just copycats. The Romans were able to develop them into much smaller versions that were more easily carried and lighter in weight that also had improved accuracy by 25% . This new improved ballista was able to give the Romans an advantage in range and diversity of their military tactics. For example, during Julius Caesar 's first invasion of Britain he was struggling to unload his men on the shores available due to the overwhelming amount of British charioteers and other troops. So in retaliation Caesar ordered his warships to flank the British troops "from which position the slings, bows and artillery could be used by men on deck to drive them back. This manoeuvre was highly successful. Scared by the strange shape of the warships, the motion of the oars, and the unfamiliar machines, the natives halted and retreated" . Being able to earn victories like this increased their territories but the ballistae were also useful for domestic affairs. For example, ballistae were “even used to quell riots”

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