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Roads in Roman Britain (Revealing History (Paperback)) Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1st edition (14 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075242503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752425030
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roman Britain was provided with a road system comparable in total length to our modern Trunk Road and Motorway system. The road between Londinium (London) and Noviogamus (Chichester) was completed with an error of less than one degree, a feat it has often been assumed was achieved without maps.
However, little is known of when, how and even why they were built. Davies uses archaeological evidence to examine what was built and places these findings in historical context using sources from antiquity. What makes this study unique however is his use of expert knowledge from his work as a professional highway engineer to understand the significance of the roads. Davies analyses the possible methods the Romans used in order to achieve the durability and accuracy for which they are renowned, maintaining the extensive network in a working state the quality of which would not again be paralleled until the nineteenth century.

About the Author

After almost 30 years in the Transport Research Laboratory, Hugh Davies took a PhD in the study of Roman Roads at the University of Reading. The present work is based upon 5 years' research.


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