Lecture16 - Roman Roads

Lecture16 - Roman Roads - Roman Engineering Roads Arches...

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Roman Engineering Roads Arches Bridges Aqueducts
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The Roman Empire in the year 117 AD.
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Rome in the year 44 BC, showing the seven hills and the road system.
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Roman road system by the year 117 AD.
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The Roman road system in Gaul and Britannica.
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The Roman 90,000 km highway network in 330 A.D. were all provided with high quality surface ( pavimentum or summa crusta ).
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Vitruvius wrote about Roman road specifications, shown in profile above with over 1 meter in thickness (compare to present day 0.60 meters).
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Roman-British road, currently called Watling Street in Rochester, shows the original Roman road, and three British roads on top.
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Profile of a typical Roman road (already perfected by circa 50 BC).
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Roman road building: the surveyors are shown ahead, followed by a crew digging the fossae to drain the soil, then hand tampers forming the statumen, rudus and nucleus. Each is compacted by the crews shown in the fore-ground (from Roman Engineers, L.A. Hamey ’81)
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groma . It was used to lay out buildings, roads, aqueducts and ports. The modern term agronomy is derived from this
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course CES 5325 taught by Professor Prieto-portar during the Spring '10 term at FIU.

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