How Did the Ancient Romans Manage to Build Perfectly Straight, Ultra Durable Roads?


  1. Today I Found Out

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    Hi Babish! 🎊

  4. Frank Castle

    Frank CastleBulan Yang lalu

    No one cares get off the internet

  5. andyman aus

    andyman aus9 jam yang lalu

    How did the Romans make perfect roads so quickly? Their road workers actually worked.

  6. Jacob

    Jacob3 hari yang lalu

    These stories of Nero were fabricated by the Christians... just as christians fabricate their stories (lies) today.

  7. Jacob

    JacobHari Yang lalu

    @scythelord Please! Keep your anus problems to yourself.

  8. scythelord

    scythelordHari Yang lalu

    Someone is butthurt.

  9. CJ Kelly

    CJ Kelly5 hari yang lalu

    He said that Nero "cut the price of corn." I thought corn did not reach Europe until after Columbus? Was there some kind of corn ancestor that was like maize?

  10. CJ Kelly

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    @Michael Wlazlinski Thanks very much, Mr. Wlazinski. Appreciate it.

  11. Michael Wlazlinski

    Michael Wlazlinski4 hari yang lalu

    No. Corn was a term for grain in general way back then.

  12. Brad Cupitt

    Brad Cupitt6 hari yang lalu

    How did the romans make roads 2000yo? Basically the same way we do today lol

  13. Faithless Hound

    Faithless Hound6 hari yang lalu

    This thing about building a perfectly straight road up and down a mountain instead of around it sounds pretty obsessional, and as if decision-making took place at the centre, not on the ground: typical of a military more than an engineering mind-set. It was also something a conquering army could do, when they weren't bothered about who owned or cultivated the land, or whether it was inhabited or sacred. The local ruler couldn't ignore all that.

  14. Robert Mills

    Robert Mills6 hari yang lalu

    Wait! Are we just gonna gloss over the Marie Antoinette thing??? I need more info!

  15. A Fig

    A Fig6 hari yang lalu

    Cult + Time = Religion

  16. Ryan Boscoe

    Ryan Boscoe7 hari yang lalu

    I doubt they started building a road not knowing which way to go

  17. buffypython

    buffypython7 hari yang lalu

    13:14 I looked it up because I thought it sounded dubious that Paul the Apostle would've written to Seneca or vice versa &, at least judging by the Wikipedia article on Seneca the Younger, that letter was a fake one created by Christians in the 4th century.

  18. haza bazza

    haza bazza8 hari yang lalu

    Serious question Simon...can you recall everything you talk about?

  19. TraitorVek

    TraitorVek8 hari yang lalu

    #OrangeManBad in #Roman #Europe

  20. TraitorVek

    TraitorVek8 hari yang lalu

    #Nero #Reflection

  21. K Mitchell

    K Mitchell8 hari yang lalu

    @14:36 "...cut the price of corn...." Romans had corn? Am I hearing him incorrectly?

  22. K Mitchell

    K Mitchell6 hari yang lalu

    @Faithless Hound Hahah dead on, I'm an American! Thanks mate I never knew!

  23. Faithless Hound

    Faithless Hound6 hari yang lalu

    No. "Corn" doesn't mean in English what it does in 'Murcan. It means grain, usually wheat.

  24. Darth Star Killer

    Darth Star Killer11 hari yang lalu

    I’m not saying it was aliens...... but it was aliens

  25. A K

    A K12 hari yang lalu

    You forgot to mention the distance between brothels.

  26. Hoodii

    Hoodii13 hari yang lalu

    "what's your favourite song?" "1, 000, 000 paces"

  27. Dovar

    Dovar14 hari yang lalu

    In monarchy the state is private and usually all private properties are much better built and maintained, than public ones.

  28. Colin Koblanski

    Colin Koblanski15 hari yang lalu

    Who says thenRomans built them in the first place? Could they have been built by the Tartarians? @ Newearth and When the Survivors of Atlantis wake up series channel by Sylvi Ivanova. Or try John Levi 's channel.

  29. A Jim Fan

    A Jim Fan16 hari yang lalu

    So it's not like they needed a master's degree in quantum mechanics to do it then. :P

  30. Matthew Rowell

    Matthew Rowell16 hari yang lalu

    They found the top OCD people and set them to the task. Problem solved.

  31. Digital Demonic Davros

    Digital Demonic Davros17 hari yang lalu

    Simon, are you our reptilian overlord from the Roman empire?

  32. IlIlIlIlIlIl

    IlIlIlIlIlIl17 hari yang lalu

    Alle Wege führen nach Rom =)

  33. Naomi Ericsson

    Naomi Ericsson17 hari yang lalu

    How did he cut the price of corn? Corn wasn't introduced to Europe at that time

  34. Peter Turner

    Peter Turner17 hari yang lalu

    "Boris" - no sorry, "Donald" - no try again " - "Nero was painted as a man who was difficult for the masses to trust". what goes around comes around, I suppose.

  35. eurosonly

    eurosonly18 hari yang lalu

    Nero software was also named after nero as it allowed the user to burn cds from their computer which their operating system did not allow natively.

  36. blackbarnz

    blackbarnz18 hari yang lalu

    Decimated has a whole different meaning when discussing ancient Rome. Best not to use it, unless describing a violent beating perpetuated by ten men.

  37. bigbenisdaman

    bigbenisdaman18 hari yang lalu

    Romans made roads to last 2000 years +, and today we can't get a road to last 5 years w/o potholes everywhere.

  38. Arch. RSL

    Arch. RSL18 hari yang lalu

    Roman roads are straight? That's hate speech! (Yes that sounded every bit as ridiculous as it sounded).

  39. 10 Minutes to Roulette Fortune

    10 Minutes to Roulette Fortune19 hari yang lalu

    String.....................lots and lots of string.

  40. TheChipmunk2008

    TheChipmunk200819 hari yang lalu

    What the hell is a switch back? (asking as an English speaker)

  41. TheChipmunk2008

    TheChipmunk200818 hari yang lalu

    @Helen Scott Ah thank you, i always thought that was a series of hairpin bends... thanks :) (I suspect this is different dialects at play yet again!)

  42. Helen Scott

    Helen Scott19 hari yang lalu

    TheChipmunk2008 The road is built in diagonals, swapping moving from one direction for a small distance, then changing to an opposing diagonal. So the road is a series of z’s across the face of a steep hill or mountain.

  43. StormCaller5

    StormCaller519 hari yang lalu

    Soooo, apparently fake news has existed for a LONG time.

  44. Rob H

    Rob H19 hari yang lalu

    Simple answer: They didn't have Minnesotan winters.


    CFITOMAHAWK219 hari yang lalu

    The Babylons have aqueducts too. Even to supply water to The Gardens Of Babylon Parks... More Italian lies are been uncovered lately.. And Columbus was not "The Great Navigatore".. He was lost and stumbled on the New World he foolish say was "part of India".. LOL.. Only idiots still believe so much Gumba Bullshit..

  46. Limmeh

    Limmeh19 hari yang lalu

    No wonder we went into the dark ages when Rome fell, and it seems as if they still outmatch us in some things many centuries later..

  47. LaughingSeraphim

    LaughingSeraphim19 hari yang lalu

    Take like, five pencils. Place on at the start, on at finish. Line up the other three between them. The more pencils, the straighter the line.

  48. Perry Poehlmann

    Perry Poehlmann19 hari yang lalu

    Cement, Concrete? What? First recordrd cement and concrete was 1824...

  49. Joseph Izzo

    Joseph Izzo19 hari yang lalu

    Same people that brought you the Colosseum (sp?)

  50. nzoomed

    nzoomed20 hari yang lalu

    lol, so toll roads are nothing new?!

  51. voleN

    voleN20 hari yang lalu

    Alright Simon. After a couple years watching this channel and Biographics and TopTenz I've finally subscribed. I finally remembered too. Appreciate all thr useless trivia you've given me. Cheers!

  52. Patt Adams

    Patt Adams20 hari yang lalu

    Funny you used the word decimated to talk about rome burning since decimation was a roman practice of killing 1/10 of an army as opposed to, well most of it. This phrase then might be in fact accurate as opposed to our current interpretation. Also there some new evidence that rather than targeting Christian's directly he was targeting all unwelcome cults and primarily the cult of Isis. Since Jews were targeted as there had been problems with them in the empire for years it believed that Christian were rappped up in this since they were likely indistinguishable from Jews by the Romans at that point.

  53. AliveC4T

    AliveC4T20 hari yang lalu

    Some say Nero was fiddling himself when the Rome burned.

  54. Paleo Con

    Paleo Con20 hari yang lalu

    Around the 14 minute mark, you state that Nero cut the price of corn or provided corn to Roman residents. I assume you are using corn in the older European meaning of grains in general since maize is a new world crop and would not have been present in Rome.

  55. Cero Miedic

    Cero Miedic20 hari yang lalu

    200 miles in 24 hours is 16.6666666667mph

  56. BlackBeltMonkeySong

    BlackBeltMonkeySong20 hari yang lalu

    The Christians were heavily invested in retelling the history of the early Roman empire, as one of persecution. There's significant evidence that stories of widespread persecution were greatly exaggerated. But it made the Christians feel like victims, and what do victims to, but lash out and attack their oppressors. The massive, systematic, and near total destruction of the classical world was accomplished by centuries of Christian persecution, starting from Constantine. These facts are important in light of talking about the apocryphal Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

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  58. Ronaldreganfan

    Ronaldreganfan21 hari yang lalu

    They did it by , I don’t know ........... slave labor !

  59. william pomerleau

    william pomerleau21 hari yang lalu

    Nero probably didn't cut the price of corn.. new world food and all...

  60. william pomerleau

    william pomerleau17 hari yang lalu

    @Charles Dewitt hey thanks for that, i'm only an egg. always new they were cereals, but that does make sense.

  61. Charles Dewitt

    Charles Dewitt17 hari yang lalu

    Back before the Colombian exchange the word "corn" was often used to refer to grain.

  62. Marius Adrian

    Marius Adrian22 hari yang lalu

    Less traffic, less weight on each vehicle, lower travel speeds.

  63. Sam Haslam

    Sam Haslam22 hari yang lalu

    The images you've sourced are superb, but rather small onscreen. Perhaps full screen them and VO the images. Jumping from inset to full screen, as and when you're making a particular point that correlates with the image. Just a suggestion! Otherwise, superb, as ever. Fascinating insight. Thank you for sharing your great work. 👍😊

  64. hkistreet

    hkistreet22 hari yang lalu

    How long would a road last that's been built by commenters on IDreporter?

  65. 0MindSwept0

    0MindSwept022 hari yang lalu

    I guess Nero wasn’t the only one falsely charged by people just trying to make him look bad o.o

  66. Rachel Randant

    Rachel Randant22 hari yang lalu

    Is it possible that “Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned” metaphorically, like as in Roman Empire failed while he was screwing around?

  67. Toy Maker

    Toy Maker23 hari yang lalu

    I don't think that's the fiddle they're talkin about. The only instrument he was fiddling was his meat string.

  68. johnny dollar

    johnny dollar24 hari yang lalu

    Having seen Roman artifacts over much of your-rope, I must give respect to Romans for Empire-ing like a boss.

  69. Scott9084

    Scott908424 hari yang lalu

    At about 10:40 , we hear that Nero "cut the price of corn, as well as provided food directly." Much as the fiddle wasn't invented until the 11th century, thought the discovery of corn happened when European explorers found the Indians growing it in America a millennia later.

  70. CurryKingWurst

    CurryKingWurst23 hari yang lalu

    Corn doesn't refer to maize in that context.

  71. BubbaSteve Garcia

    BubbaSteve Garcia24 hari yang lalu

    Somebody teach the New Mexico DOT how to do these!

  72. Kyouko Toshino

    Kyouko Toshino24 hari yang lalu

    Don't judge, until you walk 1000 paces in their sandals


    AUDE SAPERE24 hari yang lalu

    *_I love history~i live just couple of hundred feet from an 8th century Catholic Church. Was in use til recently when we got a bigger, granite Church._*

  74. Michael Lawson

    Michael Lawson24 hari yang lalu

    The Romans forgot to add on parking bays. The statement made that a mile is a thousand paces is rubbish . Since when is a pace 1,6 metres long ?

  75. Scott Vincent

    Scott Vincent24 hari yang lalu

    I haven’t watched the video.i never read the comments. Now to answer the question in the title. Maybe the roads lasted because chariots were light and slow. Maybe the roads were never salted or graded.