The Appian Way was one of the most important and strategic roads in the Roman Empire. The road ultimately ran from the city of Brindisi in southeast Italy to the city of Rome itself. As the often quoted idiom "All roads lead to Rome" suggests, roads and their strategic use in military movements and commerce were integral to the success of the early Roman state. Romans, as you certainly have read, were master engineers and builders. The average lifespan of a U.S. highway is 16 - 20 years. The average lifespan of a Roman highway is 2,000 years and counting. The Romans built things to last.

When the British hired international consultants to improve their existing interstate system and search for possibly more efficient routes for the roads, the computers said that the original routes planned by Roman engineers 2,000 years ago were the best the satellite driven topographic databases could devise.