The roads to Rome

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Brimming with life and drama, this book explores two thousand years of European history through one of the most important imperial networks ever built. ‘All roads lead to Rome.’ It’s a medieval proverb, but it’s also true: today’s European roads still follow the networks of the ancient empire and continue to grip our modern imaginations as a physical manifestation of Rome’s ‘extraordinary greatness’. Over the two thousand years since they were first built, the roads have been walked by crusaders and pilgrims, liberators and dictators, but also by tourists and writers, refugees and artists. As channels of trade and travel, and routes for conquest and creativity, Catherine Fletcher shows how the roads forever transformed the cultures, and intertwined the fates, of a vast panoply of people across Europe and beyond.

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Brimming with life and drama, this is the first book to explore two thousand years of European history through one the greatest imperial networks ever built

‘A delightful, novel and authoritative history from the ground up’ JUDITH HERRIN

‘Epic and witty … Fletcher is a thoroughly enjoyable narrator because she peppers her learned prose with wry humour’ TOBIAS JONES, Observer

‘All roads lead to Rome.‘ It’s a medieval proverb, but it’s also true: today’s European roads still follow the networks of the ancient empire, as Rome’s extraordinary legacy continues to grip our imaginations.

Over the two thousand years since they were first built, the roads have been walked by crusaders and pilgrims, liberators and dictators, but also by tourists and writers, refugees and artists. As channels of trade and travel, and routes for conquest and creativity, Catherine Fletcher shows how the roads forever transformed the cultures, and intertwined the fates, of a vast panoply of people across Europe and beyond.

Reflecting on his own walk on the Appian Way, Charles Dickens observed that here is ‘a history in every stone that strews the ground.’ Based on outstanding original research, and brimming with life and drama, this is the first book to explore two thousand years of history through one of the greatest imperial networks ever built.

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Weight 0.506 kg
Dimensions 23.3 × 15.4 × 2.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

400

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

388.094 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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