What is the story behind the proverb: All roads lead to Rome ?

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  • What is the story behind the proverb: All roads lead to Rome ?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 03:05
Because romans were the first to use lead in their irrigation , and that lead to lead poisoning , and the fall of the western roman republic
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 03:11
Rome was the capital of the largest and strongest empire of the day, making it the most important center of trade. Therefore all roads lead to Rome meant that no matter what you wanted, people believed that you would eventually end up in Rome. Hope this helps.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 04:14
It's what Trina said, but I think it was also literal. Rome conquered a huge amount of land and created a single empire out of places that hadn't been previously connected. There was little existing infrastructure between the regions at that time. This posed a problem for the Romans, who wanted to move their army around. So, they built an extensive system of roads, all radiating out from Rome. The new Roman roads were the first (I think?) paved roads and they would have been a lot more uniform and easy to travel than the existing dirt or gravel roads. But if you wanted to use the nice paved road, you'd necessarily be traveling towards Rome!
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 04:53
In its glory Rome was such a large governing body that it controlled countries all around the world. All roads lead to Rome means that Rome was the center of the world at one time. The phrase, ‘all roads lead to Rome’’, originated from the Roman Empire at a time when all roads radiated from the capital city, Rome. It means that there are many different ways to reach the same outcome or destination.

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