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All Roads Lead to Rome: The History of the Appian Way (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures.
*Includes ancient accounts of the Appian Way's history and construction.
*Explains the Appian Way's role during the Second Punic War and Spartacus' rebellion.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“Appia teritur regina longarum viarum” ("The Appian Way is the queen of the long roads") - Statius

The modern world has the ancient Romans to thank for the origins of many modern technologies, conveniences, and ideas such as running water, baths, and republican style government, but roads are another influence the Romans have had on the modern world that are often taken for granted. Although Roman roads may not have attained the glamorous status of other inventions, their influence is just as profound; roads provide essential communication and transport lines for any country – they are the veins and arteries that move the life-blood of trade and peoples that make a country thrive. Indeed, throughout the hundreds of years when Rome was ascendant in the ancient world, the roads they built held together first their republic and then their empire into a cohesive unit.

Many of these roads were important, but one road stands above all others: the Appian Way (or Via Appia as it was called in the Latin spoken by the Romans). Since the Appian Way was first built in 312 BC, it has inspired poets, slaves, and conquerors, and Mark Antony, Spartacus, Hannibal, and Horace are just a few of the notable historical personalities who traveled on the Appian Way. For some, marching along the Appian Way became an integral part of their lives, while others lost their lives along the road (Hamblin and Grunsfeld 1974, 4-5). Fittingly, the road’s construction was part of a long process in road building that was also indicative of Roman expansion across the Mediterranean, and at the peak of Roman power, the Appian Way extended over 300 miles.

Due to its importance in world history and its primacy among other ancient Roman roads, a Roman named Publius Painius Statius assigned the moniker “lungarum regina viarum” (“Queen of long-distance roads”) to the Appian Way in the 1st century AD, over 300 years after it was first built (Hamblin and Grunsfeld 1974, 3). The moniker stuck, and it has been called the Queen of Roads ever since. But while the Appian Way will always be associated with Ancient Rome, it was not only important to the ancient Romans but also in later periods of world history. It was deemed crucial enough that the Vatican ordered a parallel road network constructed alongside it during the Middle Ages, and it played an important role as recently as World War II. At the same time, the Appian Way has been so well-preserved that people can still walk along it today, even as they see Roman ruins on the sides of the road that remind tourists and viewers of both Rome’s proud history and its eventual collapse.

All Roads Lead to Rome: The History of the Appian Way chronicles the construction and history of Rome’s most important road. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Appian Way like never before, in no time at all.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gathers together public source info and images 22. April 2014
Von Italophile Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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All Roads Lead to Rome: The History of the Appian Way is an e-book that offers roughly forty-five pages of interesting Ancient Roman history, accompanied by illustrations.

This slight book is an interesting read. It joins together events and information from diverse time periods to create a "biography" of a feat of civil engineering.

I have reservations, however, about All Roads Lead to Rome.

At times I was frustrated when the book touched on something unique and fascinating, but did not elaborate, such as the "portable villas" some wealthy travelers had built by their retinues for overnight stays along The Via Appia.

There is some awkward English in the book, such as "...you will learn about the Appian Way like never before, in no time at all."

There are errors, such as "the Roman history Livy" instead of the correct "the Roman historian Livy"; and a speech that "spurned" people, rather than correctly "spurred" them on a course of action; and the Via Appia goes from Rome to Brindisi, not to Hydruntum.

The source references embedded in the text are distracting, and would have been better left out, or footnoted like other books, with the footnotes hyperlinked to the references at the back of the e-book.

Please read my full review at Italophile Book Reviews.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Introduction to the Appian Way 17. Oktober 2014
Von Slugo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This short book provides a general introduction to the Appian Way and provides a simple overview of it's construction and use. It is a good read for a tourist or other interested person who wishes more information on the Via Appia but who does not want a serious history or in-depth discussion. It does provide a short historical narration of the role the road played in the three Samnites Wars, the Pyrrhic War, the Three Punic Wars (Rome vs Carthage), the Third Servile War (Spartucus slave revolt) and finally, it's role in the spread of Christianity. Overall, it is easy to read and informative.
5.0 von 5 Sternen No potholes on this road 13. Juli 2014
Von Rivers Books - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Amazing!! Interesting, fact filled, good pictures and maps.
4.0 von 5 Sternen an excellent historical book. 30. Mai 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have just recently read this book and I learned many things I had never known about the Roman Empire and how it worked exactly.There were many details here that were probably left out of other articles and books about the Roman Empire.
4.0 von 5 Sternen ALL Roads Lead to Rome: The History of the Appian Way 27. August 2014
Von Sharon VanBibber - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I learned a lot about the history of the Roman roadways and battles fought interesting that area. Well worth reading.
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