From Traffic-Jams to World Empire - Why Roman Roads matter?

Thursday 29/11/12 00:00

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX

An evening lecture with Professor Ray Laurence This lecture will present an argument that the action of road building over long-distances, first undertaken in 312 BC, created the infrastructure to build the Roman Empire.
An evening lecture with Professor Ray Laurence Thursday 29th November 7 - 8.30pm The first long-distance road from Rome to Capua prompted the minting of coins by Rome for the first time, and created a new form of state geography - not of political and military alliance but of connection between places. The roads were a cultural glue that allowed persons to own property in quite distant places and, in different, micro-climates. The addition, under the first emperor Augustus, of a low -weight and high-value gold coin caused capital to become portable and a fortune was to become physically mobile facilitating the movement and flow of capital across the empire. In the lecture, we will also encounter improvements to transport animals, the foundation of cities and the alteration of ‘natural’ geography through road building. Finally, there will be a consideration of whether the Roman Empire can be seen as a form of limited globalisation. Tickets: £5.65 or £5 to season ticket holders and Friends of the Corinium Museum. All lectures are from 7 - 8.30pm (this includes time for questions). Finish times may vary.