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Identifier: ancientcivilizat00wolf
Title: Ancient civilization; an introduction to modern history
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Wolfson, Arthur Mayer, 1873-
Subjects: Civilization, Ancient History, Ancient
Publisher: New York, Cincinnati [etc.] American book company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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ovince in the east. The journeyfrom Antioch to Byzantium on the Bosporus (almost 700 miles),for instance, could be made in less than six days. The Roman road was regularly the shortest distance betweentwo cities. It took its way regardless of all obstacles. It cutthrough hills and mountains; it crossed swamps and rivers andwaste places. It was constructed to last through the centuries;some of these roads are still in use after nineteen hundred years.Many of these roads presented lively pictures. Here youfound, according to a modern historian, a merchant with hisslaves and his bales; a keen-eyed pedler — probably a Jew —carrying his pack; a troupe of actors or tumblers; a body ofgladiators being taken to fight in the amphitheater or marketplace of some provincial town; a regiment of foot soldiers or asquadron of cavalry on the move; a horseman scouring alongwith a despatch of the emperor or the senate; a casual travelercoming at a lively trot in his hired gig= From the foothills on

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92 PROVINCIAL CITIES 93 the southern border of Scotland to the highlands beyond theTigris River, all the lands of the Roman empire were bound to-gether by these great arteries of trade. In every city of the empire the life of Rome was reproduced inminiature. Rome had its 1,500,000 or 2,000,000 inhabitants;Alexandria and Antioch had 500,000; Marseilles and Lyons, Provincial200,000 or more. Even cities in Britain like London and citiesLincoln were very considerable in size. In every one of thesecities there were baths, theaters, amphitheaters, aqueducts, andbridges which rivaled in their architectural beauty the greatexamples which we have studied in Rome. Every department ofart from the veriest knickknacks, finger rings, earrings, hairpins,and mirrors, to great masterpieces, like temples and arches andstatues, were represented. Many of the houses and gardens weremagnificent; they were filled with costly furniture and all sortsof household utensils just like the houses in Rome. All over

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