The Route Map
Getting around the Roman way
One thing that the Romans are famous for is their roads. What would a story about ancient warfare involving Romans be without a worthy mention of their advanced mobility?
Also, a shoutout goes to Sarah Davidson at thesketchdragon.com for putting together an awesome route map for Drusus and his comrades to get from A to B! Also, a shoutout to her patience with all of my odd instructions (There are no “U” or “W” letters, only “V” and please change this word to that on account of my awful Latin). Indeed, I am really grateful to Sarah for her help in this project, just as I am to her for her for her help in the previous one.
Just a side note on Roman roads:
To achieve the final product of the true via munita, Roman roads of this sort had more than one layer:
- Levelled Earth, compacted if necessary
- Stones roughly the size of a hand
- Concrete or broken stones of lime
- Good old Roman cement
- Cut rectangular blocks in an elliptical shape with the apex in the centre – this shape would help with run off in rainy climates
- Sidewalks and gutters were often skillfully added by civil Engineers.
Let’s have a look at the route which Drusus and his men pound out under their boots: