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How Did the Ancient Romans Manage to Build Perfectly Straight, Ultra Durable Roads?

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The ancient Romans were a people famed for their architectural prowess, something no better demonstrated than by their ability to build almost perfectly straight and incredibly durable roads spanning expansive distances. For example, in Britain alone, the Romans built well over 50,000 miles of roads with the longest ruler-straight stretch spanning over 50 miles. They did all of this in an era without modern surveying tools, construction equipment, or even very accurate maps of precisely where their destination was for many of the areas. So how did they do it?
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Randy Fitzpatrick
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Cooking My Way
Cooking My Way Month ago
Hi Babish! 🎊
Frank Castle
Frank Castle Month ago
No one cares get off the internet
NEHEMIAH ISRAEL
NEHEMIAH ISRAEL 4 hours ago
By using slaves..
welshgit
welshgit Day ago
The CD-ROM burning software by a German company is called "Nero" because "Nero, burning Rom" (Rom is German for "Rome")
Doc Lewis
Doc Lewis 2 days ago
Why do we assume that there were no smart people in Ancient times? Seems we forget that there are always a few people who are simply good at doing certain things even without being taught how to do them. My father taught himself how to draw, paint, and play several different musical instruments. I'd imagine there are people who can figure out how to make roads, sewers, waterways, etc.
Chris BigBad
Chris BigBad 2 days ago
have you actually started to say "et cetera"? nice!
andyman aus
andyman aus 2 days ago
How did the Romans make perfect roads so quickly? Their road workers actually worked.
Jacob
Jacob 6 days ago
These stories of Nero were fabricated by the Christians... just as christians fabricate their stories (lies) today.
Jacob
Jacob 4 days ago
@scythelord Please! Keep your anus problems to yourself.
scythelord
scythelord 4 days ago
Someone is butthurt.
CJ Kelly
CJ Kelly 8 days ago
He said that Nero "cut the price of corn." I thought corn did not reach Europe until after Columbus? Was there some kind of corn ancestor that was like maize?
CJ Kelly
CJ Kelly 6 days ago
@Michael Wlazlinski Thanks very much, Mr. Wlazinski. Appreciate it.
Michael Wlazlinski
No. Corn was a term for grain in general way back then.
Brad Cupitt
Brad Cupitt 9 days ago
How did the romans make roads 2000yo? Basically the same way we do today lol
Faithless Hound
Faithless Hound 9 days ago
This thing about building a perfectly straight road up and down a mountain instead of around it sounds pretty obsessional, and as if decision-making took place at the centre, not on the ground: typical of a military more than an engineering mind-set. It was also something a conquering army could do, when they weren't bothered about who owned or cultivated the land, or whether it was inhabited or sacred. The local ruler couldn't ignore all that.
Robert Mills
Robert Mills 9 days ago
Wait! Are we just gonna gloss over the Marie Antoinette thing??? I need more info!
A Fig
A Fig 9 days ago
Cult + Time = Religion
Ryan Boscoe
Ryan Boscoe 9 days ago
I doubt they started building a road not knowing which way to go
buffypython
buffypython 9 days ago
13:14 I looked it up because I thought it sounded dubious that Paul the Apostle would've written to Seneca or vice versa &, at least judging by the Wikipedia article on Seneca the Younger, that letter was a fake one created by Christians in the 4th century.
haza bazza
haza bazza 10 days ago
Serious question Simon...can you recall everything you talk about?
TraitorVek
TraitorVek 11 days ago
#OrangeManBad in #Roman #Europe
TraitorVek
TraitorVek 11 days ago
#Nero #Reflection
K Mitchell
K Mitchell 11 days ago
@14:36 "...cut the price of corn...." Romans had corn? Am I hearing him incorrectly?
K Mitchell
K Mitchell 9 days ago
@Faithless Hound Hahah dead on, I'm an American! Thanks mate I never knew!
Faithless Hound
Faithless Hound 9 days ago
No. "Corn" doesn't mean in English what it does in 'Murcan. It means grain, usually wheat.
Darth Star Killer
Darth Star Killer 14 days ago
I’m not saying it was aliens...... but it was aliens
A K
A K 14 days ago
You forgot to mention the distance between brothels.
Hoodii
Hoodii 16 days ago
"what's your favourite song?" "1, 000, 000 paces"
Dovar
Dovar 17 days ago
In monarchy the state is private and usually all private properties are much better built and maintained, than public ones.
Colin Koblanski
Colin Koblanski 18 days ago
Who says thenRomans built them in the first place? Could they have been built by the Tartarians? @ Newearth and When the Survivors of Atlantis wake up series channel by Sylvi Ivanova. Or try John Levi 's channel.
A Jim Fan
A Jim Fan 19 days ago
So it's not like they needed a master's degree in quantum mechanics to do it then. :P
Matthew Rowell
Matthew Rowell 19 days ago
They found the top OCD people and set them to the task. Problem solved.
Digital Demonic Davros
Simon, are you our reptilian overlord from the Roman empire?
IlIlIlIlIlIl
IlIlIlIlIlIl 20 days ago
Alle Wege führen nach Rom =)
Naomi Ericsson
Naomi Ericsson 20 days ago
How did he cut the price of corn? Corn wasn't introduced to Europe at that time
Peter Turner
Peter Turner 20 days ago
"Boris" - no sorry, "Donald" - no try again " - "Nero was painted as a man who was difficult for the masses to trust". what goes around comes around, I suppose.
eurosonly
eurosonly 21 day ago
Nero software was also named after nero as it allowed the user to burn cds from their computer which their operating system did not allow natively.
blackbarnz
blackbarnz 21 day ago
Decimated has a whole different meaning when discussing ancient Rome. Best not to use it, unless describing a violent beating perpetuated by ten men.
bigbenisdaman
bigbenisdaman 21 day ago
Romans made roads to last 2000 years +, and today we can't get a road to last 5 years w/o potholes everywhere.
Arch. RSL
Arch. RSL 21 day ago
Roman roads are straight? That's hate speech! (Yes that sounded every bit as ridiculous as it sounded).
10 Minutes to Roulette Fortune
String.....................lots and lots of string.
TheChipmunk2008
TheChipmunk2008 22 days ago
What the hell is a switch back? (asking as an English speaker)
TheChipmunk2008
TheChipmunk2008 21 day ago
@Helen Scott Ah thank you, i always thought that was a series of hairpin bends... thanks :) (I suspect this is different dialects at play yet again!)
Helen Scott
Helen Scott 21 day ago
TheChipmunk2008 The road is built in diagonals, swapping moving from one direction for a small distance, then changing to an opposing diagonal. So the road is a series of z’s across the face of a steep hill or mountain.
StormCaller5
StormCaller5 22 days ago
Soooo, apparently fake news has existed for a LONG time.
Rob H
Rob H 22 days ago
Simple answer: They didn't have Minnesotan winters.
CFITOMAHAWK2
CFITOMAHAWK2 22 days ago
The Babylons have aqueducts too. Even to supply water to The Gardens Of Babylon Parks... More Italian lies are been uncovered lately.. And Columbus was not "The Great Navigatore".. He was lost and stumbled on the New World he foolish say was "part of India".. LOL.. Only idiots still believe so much Gumba Bullshit..
Limmeh
Limmeh 22 days ago
No wonder we went into the dark ages when Rome fell, and it seems as if they still outmatch us in some things many centuries later..
LaughingSeraphim
LaughingSeraphim 22 days ago
Take like, five pencils. Place on at the start, on at finish. Line up the other three between them. The more pencils, the straighter the line.
Perry Poehlmann
Perry Poehlmann 22 days ago
Cement, Concrete? What? First recordrd cement and concrete was 1824...
Joseph Izzo
Joseph Izzo 22 days ago
Same people that brought you the Colosseum (sp?)
nzoomed
nzoomed 22 days ago
lol, so toll roads are nothing new?!
voleN
voleN 22 days ago
Alright Simon. After a couple years watching this channel and Biographics and TopTenz I've finally subscribed. I finally remembered too. Appreciate all thr useless trivia you've given me. Cheers!
Patt Adams
Patt Adams 23 days ago
Funny you used the word decimated to talk about rome burning since decimation was a roman practice of killing 1/10 of an army as opposed to, well most of it. This phrase then might be in fact accurate as opposed to our current interpretation. Also there some new evidence that rather than targeting Christian's directly he was targeting all unwelcome cults and primarily the cult of Isis. Since Jews were targeted as there had been problems with them in the empire for years it believed that Christian were rappped up in this since they were likely indistinguishable from Jews by the Romans at that point.
AliveC4T
AliveC4T 23 days ago
Some say Nero was fiddling himself when the Rome burned.
Paleo Con
Paleo Con 23 days ago
Around the 14 minute mark, you state that Nero cut the price of corn or provided corn to Roman residents. I assume you are using corn in the older European meaning of grains in general since maize is a new world crop and would not have been present in Rome.
Cero Miedic
Cero Miedic 23 days ago
200 miles in 24 hours is 16.6666666667mph
BlackBeltMonkeySong
The Christians were heavily invested in retelling the history of the early Roman empire, as one of persecution. There's significant evidence that stories of widespread persecution were greatly exaggerated. But it made the Christians feel like victims, and what do victims to, but lash out and attack their oppressors. The massive, systematic, and near total destruction of the classical world was accomplished by centuries of Christian persecution, starting from Constantine. These facts are important in light of talking about the apocryphal Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
Bruno Pereira
Bruno Pereira 24 days ago
*Viae Publicae* Libertarians: 🖕😠🖕 *Via Privatae* Libertarians: 👈😎👈
Ronaldreganfan
Ronaldreganfan 24 days ago
They did it by , I don’t know ........... slave labor !
william pomerleau
william pomerleau 24 days ago
Nero probably didn't cut the price of corn.. new world food and all...
william pomerleau
william pomerleau 20 days ago
@Charles Dewitt hey thanks for that, i'm only an egg. always new they were cereals, but that does make sense.
Charles Dewitt
Charles Dewitt 20 days ago
Back before the Colombian exchange the word "corn" was often used to refer to grain.
Marius Adrian
Marius Adrian 24 days ago
Less traffic, less weight on each vehicle, lower travel speeds.
Sam Haslam
Sam Haslam 24 days ago
The images you've sourced are superb, but rather small onscreen. Perhaps full screen them and VO the images. Jumping from inset to full screen, as and when you're making a particular point that correlates with the image. Just a suggestion! Otherwise, superb, as ever. Fascinating insight. Thank you for sharing your great work. 👍😊
hkistreet
hkistreet 24 days ago
How long would a road last that's been built by commenters on RUvid?
0MindSwept0
0MindSwept0 25 days ago
I guess Nero wasn’t the only one falsely charged by people just trying to make him look bad o.o
Rachel Randant
Rachel Randant 25 days ago
Is it possible that “Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned” metaphorically, like as in Roman Empire failed while he was screwing around?
Toy Maker
Toy Maker 26 days ago
I don't think that's the fiddle they're talkin about. The only instrument he was fiddling was his meat string.
johnny dollar
johnny dollar 26 days ago
Having seen Roman artifacts over much of your-rope, I must give respect to Romans for Empire-ing like a boss.
Scott9084
Scott9084 26 days ago
At about 10:40 , we hear that Nero "cut the price of corn, as well as provided food directly." Much as the fiddle wasn't invented until the 11th century, thought the discovery of corn happened when European explorers found the Indians growing it in America a millennia later.
CurryKingWurst
CurryKingWurst 25 days ago
Corn doesn't refer to maize in that context.
BubbaSteve Garcia
BubbaSteve Garcia 26 days ago
Somebody teach the New Mexico DOT how to do these!
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