The roman transport network: A precedent for the integration of the European mobility

Cèsar Carreras, Pau De Soto

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In the last years, the use of geographical information systems has been common in many historical and geographical studies. Perhaps one of the least known applications is network analysis, a series of functions related to hydrology and mobility. Since 1994, researchers have used network analyses to understand costs and time expenditure in transportation in Roman times, with the aim of modeling commercial routes. Archaeological objects were employed to confirm those commercial distributions whose quantities were related basically to transport costs. The present articles go far beyond and attempt to understand decisions in building a transport network based on time series. It seems that not all Roman decisions in transport infrastructure were due to economic reasons; some parts of Roman roads were built basically for political reasons and affected later developments. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-133
JournalHistorical Methods
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


  • costs
  • GIS
  • network analyses
  • roads
  • Roman
  • time series
  • transport


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