Although the research I’ve done says that Assyrian roads were the earlier roads, and much like Roman roads, this was interesting.
Stretching 535 miles across modern-day Albania, Macedonia and Greece, the stone-paved road made the going easy for charioteers, soldiers and other travellers. It was up to 30 feet wide in places and was dotted with safety features, inns and service stations.
Built between 146 and 120 B.C. under the supervision of the top Roman official in Macedonia, proconsul Gaius Egnatius, the highway ran from the Adriatic coast in what is now Albania to modern Turkey, giving Rome quick access to the eastern provinces of its empire.
A central partition of large stones protected charioteers from oncoming vehicles, with similar barriers on the verges.
â€œThis prevented chariots, wagons and carts from skidding off the road,â€ Tsatsopoulou said.
She said drivers held the reins with their right hand and wielded their whip with the left, so the Romans made drivers stay on the left to avoid the lash of oncoming riders and keep road-rage incidents to a minimum.