This expression has taken on a new meaning which is that the same goal can be achieved by various means. The origins of this expression go back to the 12th century to the French philosopher and theologian Alain de Lille. In the 12th century, the expression literally meant what it said, “All roads lead to Rome.”
You will find in numerous cities such as Siena, Florence, and Milan gates called Porta Romagna – meaning if you exit here, you will eventually end up in Rome. Apparently, the vision behind this was to prevent uprisings against Rome – a kind of divide-and-conquer mentality.
The Roman Empire has no shortage of interesting emperors. With a history stretching more than 400 years, it is unsurprising that there have been a few bad eggs. And in the case of Emperor Nero, he was a rather rotten one.
It is difficult to know with complete accuracy whether Nero really committed as many murders as he has been accused of, but he has claimed to have killed his brother and mother. Apparently, his mother hatched a plan for the two of them to kill Nero’s brother, Britannicus. When he refused to be her puppet, he killed her too.
If you had to get a tour of the private lives of Romans during the ancient age, you would notice something unique about their houses or living quarters – they had no kitchens, bathrooms, or toilets. Yes, that’s right. When people experienced the call of nature, they went to public restrooms for those purposes as well as for bathing.
Privacy was not a word commonly used, and things were rather different for the everyday Roman. However, we don’t think any modern person would like to truly do as the Romans did in Rome. No, we will keep doing as modern people.
Ground-floor and Lower-floor Apartments
One thing that has certainly changed from the Roman Age is that nowadays, penthouses are the most sought-after and expensive part of an apartment block. That was not the case with Roman apartments, which were called “insulae.” Translating to “islands,” “insulae” was the name for Roman apartment blocks, and the closer you lived to the ground, the more you paid.
These bottom-level apartments were called “cenacula”. Amenities like public bathhouses were situated outside of the home, so it was more convenient to live at ground level. It would not be so convenient if you had to walk up 200 stairs. To sum this up, the more money you had, the lower you lived.
The Empire of Milestones
The Roman Empire is literally the empire of milestones. The term ‘milestones’ actually takes its origins from civil engineering, unsurprisingly, marking a distance of one mile. Considering that the Roman Empire had 50,000 miles of roads, that means there are 50,000 milestones out there.
Okay, they are probably not still out there, but they once were, and we are here to tell you all about it. Another impressive fact about Roman civil engineering and road construction was that there was a road stretching from Egypt to London. We’re pretty sure it did not go underwater, but we wouldn’t put it past the Roman engineers.