All roads lead to…

by sunil on August 21, 2015

Right, a bit of history trivia: 
Well it’s half past one in the morning and I’ve just returned home, slightly under the influence, so I’ll type this quick. 

A bit of interesting history as it has been popping up in the conversations over past many weeks, and I’m surprised many people don’t know this. 

Imagine Ancient Rome. 88BC. Popular army general Sulla, after having fought a battle elsewhere marches the Roman army against Rome herself. ( For a modern parallel,  Imagine divisions stationed in Bulford entering Westminster) This is the first time an army has marched against her own state; in itself the event hasn’t got much importance, it’s later repeated by Julius Caesar and perhaps 1000 other armies during the course of history. Latest being the coup in Egypt last year. As said, the event has not much significance, except its impact on our civilisation, as we know it. 

Fearing further such attempts of violation, Roman senate passes law to forbid the legions entering Rome. The law demands the generals either to station the legions outside her city borders or disband them if not required. As a result whenever Roman army returns from wars, the legions are often stationed outside her city limits circling all around Rome, without entering her. 

This becomes a norm for future armies. Over a period of time, businesses and shops come up to cater to the needs of the soldiers leading to a thriving enterprise around the stationed legions and roads are built about them. 

Since the army ( soldiers) can not enter Rome , the encircling roads are used by the soldiers to travel to opposite ends circling around the city without entering the city itself. This leads to the development of the concept which thrives even to this day, and is used in all major cities popularly known as ring roads. 

Except that they are used to avoid the congested traffic in the interior of the cities. Of course that excludes Leeds and Banaglore where they are congestion in themselves! 

Yes, as they say, all roads in the world still lead to Rome.


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