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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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Hi Babish! 🎊
Frank Castle
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No one cares get off the internet
Gonzalo Araujo
Gonzalo Araujo 5 घंटे पहले
How to sell roman road construction to foreign barbarian investors 101
Neil Williams
Neil Williams 12 घंटे पहले
Simon you know I'm going to say excellent as usual 👏 👈
raborne Vines
raborne Vines 23 घंटे पहले
4 out of 14 still standing isn't decimation. dec·i·mate - To kill 1 out of every 10. Destroying 10 out of 14 is catastrophic.
FreeCandyGuy
FreeCandyGuy दिन पहले
14:35 Does he say "cut the price of corn"? I did not think corn reached the New World until the 16th century.
Wade Guidry
Wade Guidry 2 दिन पहले
"On a long and Roman highway, East of Omaha" "You can listen to the Nero, Fiddle out as one long song....."
NEHEMIAH ISRAEL
NEHEMIAH ISRAEL 3 दिन पहले
By using slaves..
welshgit
welshgit 4 दिन पहले
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 5 दिन पहले
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 5 दिन पहले
have you actually started to say "et cetera"? nice!
andyman aus
andyman aus 5 दिन पहले
How did the Romans make perfect roads so quickly? Their road workers actually worked.
Jacob
Jacob 9 दिन पहले
These stories of Nero were fabricated by the Christians... just as christians fabricate their stories (lies) today.
Jacob
Jacob 7 दिन पहले
@scythelord Please! Keep your anus problems to yourself.
scythelord
scythelord 7 दिन पहले
Someone is butthurt.
CJ Kelly
CJ Kelly 11 दिन पहले
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 9 दिन पहले
@Michael Wlazlinski Thanks very much, Mr. Wlazinski. Appreciate it.
Michael Wlazlinski
Michael Wlazlinski 9 दिन पहले
No. Corn was a term for grain in general way back then.
Brad Cupitt
Brad Cupitt 12 दिन पहले
How did the romans make roads 2000yo? Basically the same way we do today lol
Faithless Hound
Faithless Hound 12 दिन पहले
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 12 दिन पहले
Wait! Are we just gonna gloss over the Marie Antoinette thing??? I need more info!
A Fig
A Fig 12 दिन पहले
Cult + Time = Religion
Ryan Boscoe
Ryan Boscoe 12 दिन पहले
I doubt they started building a road not knowing which way to go
buffypython
buffypython 12 दिन पहले
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 13 दिन पहले
Serious question Simon...can you recall everything you talk about?
TraitorVek
TraitorVek 14 दिन पहले
#OrangeManBad in #Roman #Europe
TraitorVek
TraitorVek 14 दिन पहले
#Nero #Reflection
K Mitchell
K Mitchell 14 दिन पहले
@14:36 "...cut the price of corn...." Romans had corn? Am I hearing him incorrectly?
K Mitchell
K Mitchell 12 दिन पहले
@Faithless Hound Hahah dead on, I'm an American! Thanks mate I never knew!
Faithless Hound
Faithless Hound 12 दिन पहले
No. "Corn" doesn't mean in English what it does in 'Murcan. It means grain, usually wheat.
Darth Star Killer
Darth Star Killer 17 दिन पहले
I’m not saying it was aliens...... but it was aliens
A K
A K 17 दिन पहले
You forgot to mention the distance between brothels.
Hoodii
Hoodii 19 दिन पहले
"what's your favourite song?" "1, 000, 000 paces"
Dovar
Dovar 20 दिन पहले
In monarchy the state is private and usually all private properties are much better built and maintained, than public ones.
Colin Koblanski
Colin Koblanski 21 दिन पहले
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 22 दिन पहले
So it's not like they needed a master's degree in quantum mechanics to do it then. :P
Matthew Rowell
Matthew Rowell 22 दिन पहले
They found the top OCD people and set them to the task. Problem solved.
Digital Demonic Davros
Digital Demonic Davros 23 दिन पहले
Simon, are you our reptilian overlord from the Roman empire?
IlIlIlIlIlIl
IlIlIlIlIlIl 23 दिन पहले
Alle Wege führen nach Rom =)
Naomi Ericsson
Naomi Ericsson 23 दिन पहले
How did he cut the price of corn? Corn wasn't introduced to Europe at that time
Peter Turner
Peter Turner 23 दिन पहले
"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 24 दिन पहले
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 24 दिन पहले
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 24 दिन पहले
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 24 दिन पहले
Roman roads are straight? That's hate speech! (Yes that sounded every bit as ridiculous as it sounded).
10 Minutes to Roulette Fortune
10 Minutes to Roulette Fortune 24 दिन पहले
String.....................lots and lots of string.
TheChipmunk2008
TheChipmunk2008 24 दिन पहले
What the hell is a switch back? (asking as an English speaker)
TheChipmunk2008
TheChipmunk2008 24 दिन पहले
@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 24 दिन पहले
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 25 दिन पहले
Soooo, apparently fake news has existed for a LONG time.
Rob H
Rob H 25 दिन पहले
Simple answer: They didn't have Minnesotan winters.
CFITOMAHAWK2
CFITOMAHAWK2 25 दिन पहले
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 25 दिन पहले
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 25 दिन पहले
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 25 दिन पहले
Cement, Concrete? What? First recordrd cement and concrete was 1824...
Joseph Izzo
Joseph Izzo 25 दिन पहले
Same people that brought you the Colosseum (sp?)
nzoomed
nzoomed 25 दिन पहले
lol, so toll roads are nothing new?!
voleN
voleN 25 दिन पहले
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Patt Adams
Patt Adams 26 दिन पहले
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 26 दिन पहले
Some say Nero was fiddling himself when the Rome burned.
Paleo Con
Paleo Con 26 दिन पहले
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 26 दिन पहले
200 miles in 24 hours is 16.6666666667mph
BlackBeltMonkeySong
BlackBeltMonkeySong 26 दिन पहले
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 26 दिन पहले
*Viae Publicae* Libertarians: 🖕😠🖕 *Via Privatae* Libertarians: 👈😎👈
Ronaldreganfan
Ronaldreganfan 27 दिन पहले
They did it by , I don’t know ........... slave labor !
william pomerleau
william pomerleau 27 दिन पहले
Nero probably didn't cut the price of corn.. new world food and all...
william pomerleau
william pomerleau 23 दिन पहले
@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 23 दिन पहले
Back before the Colombian exchange the word "corn" was often used to refer to grain.
Marius Adrian
Marius Adrian 27 दिन पहले
Less traffic, less weight on each vehicle, lower travel speeds.
Sam Haslam
Sam Haslam 27 दिन पहले
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 27 दिन पहले
How long would a road last that's been built by commenters on IN-vid?
0MindSwept0
0MindSwept0 27 दिन पहले
I guess Nero wasn’t the only one falsely charged by people just trying to make him look bad o.o
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