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Communications and Mobility in the Roman Empire

Anne Kolb

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780195336467
Published online January 2015 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195336467.013.030

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Communications and Mobility in the Roman Empire

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Due to the size of the Roman Empire, communication routes, whether by land or water, were crucial to its functioning. The road system was a characteristic feature of Roman imperial rule and symbolized Roman power in a ubiquitous and visible way. Inscriptions are fundamental for understanding certain key aspects of transport and communication: roads and road building, milestones, the development and regulations of the cursus publicus, communication practices, and mobility and connectivity in the Roman empire .

Keywords: inscriptions; milestones; miliaria; communications; roads; road-building; bridges; cursus publicus; travel; geographical mobility; connectivity; Italy; Roman provinces

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Epigraphy

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