Trivia: Why Do All Roads Lead to Rome?

Trivia: Why Do All Roads Lead to Rome?

Over 2000 years ago in ancient Rome, Emperor Caesar Augustus erected a monument now known as the Milliarium Aureum, meaning golden milestone. All roads were considered to start from the monument, and all distances in the Empire were measured from that point.

Some have speculated that perhaps all the major cities in the empire and distances to them were listed on the monument, although the monument’s precise location and inscription are unknown for certain. Today, a marble structure speculated to be the base of the milestone can be seen in the Roman Forum.

This is why we say “All roads lead to Rome.” Back then, they did!

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