Engineering an Empire: Roman Units of Linear Measurement (Part 1 of 3).

The Ancient World

By Pat Lowinger

From the Iberian Peninsula of modern Spain, to the isles of Britain, across the shores of North Africa and to the eastern borders of the Empire, the Romans were united not only by the Pax Romana, but also a very precise system of measurements which spread uniformity in construction, trade, cartography and science to all corners of the Empire.  

The Romans have long been hailed by modern scholars for their ability to undertaken great feats of engineering and construction throughout the span of the Empire.  Whether it is the famous aqueducts, vast roadways or the grand monuments which dotted the landscape, Roman engineers and labors relied upon a precise system of measurement in order to bring civilization to a barbaric world.

agrippa Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (62 -12 BCE).  A key Roman general, statesman and cartographer during the reigns of Julius Caesar and Augustus, Agrippa is believed to have…

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