|Roads and Travel|
Roman Empire had an excellent system of roads. Most roads were built by the
army. This is because the roads were built mainly to allow soldiers to
travel quickly in wartime. However, they also helped trade. The roads made
it easier for merchants to carry their goods around the empire.
Sometimes wealthy people went on sight-seeing trips, but most people did not
travel unless they had to. They lived in the same town or village all their
lives and rarely left it. Some Roman roads are still used today. They are
easy to spot on a map because they often run for long distances in very
A Roman mile was about 1,437 metres long. Each mile along a road was marked off by a stone. They were like modern road signs. They told the traveller how far he had to go to reach the next town.