ABSTRACT

The Roads of Roman Italy offers a complete re-evaluation of both the evidence and the interpretation of Roman land transport. The book utilises archaeological, epigraphic and literary evidence for Roman communications, drawing on recent approaches to the human landscape developed by geographers. Among the topics considered are:
* the relationship between the road and the human landscape
* the administration and maintenance of the road system
* the role of roads as imperial monuments
* the economics of road construction and urban development.

chapter 1|10 pages

Introduction

chapter 2|16 pages

Mastering space: road building 312—44 BC

chapter 3|12 pages

Town foundation in Roman Italy 300–30 BC

chapter 4|19 pages

The politics of road building

chapter 5|20 pages

Technological change

chapter 6|17 pages

Time and distance

chapter 7|14 pages

Transport economics

chapter 8|14 pages

Inland waterways

chapter 10|12 pages

A mobile culture?

chapter 11|14 pages

Viewing towns – generating space

chapter 12|15 pages

Tota Italia: naming Italy

chapter 13|10 pages

The extension of state power

chapter 14|13 pages

Space-time in Roman Italy