Ancient Rome continues to surprise researchers.
It turns out, well-functioning and clarity of the work of the Roman mail could compete on quality of service with modern.
But almost could not only send letters, parcels and goods, but also to make tourist trips.
Transportation artery of ancient Rome
If you were at the turn of the eras of the Roman Empire, it would make a fascinating journey through the country - with a real comfort for a luxurious at the time the transport links.
Roman roads, preserved, and to this day,the pride of the Empire and the first monument to the communication relations of the ancient world. They are like a spider web, entangled all the provinces, and became the mainstay of a successful economy and military superiority over its neighbors in Rome.
Roman roads, goods and money
Roads could use only the military,civil servants and mail. The content of the roads are usually laid on the shoulders of the landowners to whose lands adjoined the transport arteries, which the owners of land were very happy. Inns with restaurants and hotels, and brought them considerable revenue.
Along the road stood mile poles indicatingdistance - or to Rome itself, or to a major population center. At the inns are special lounges designed for the military, traveling employees and postal workers. In the stables on a mandatory basis were "fresh" horse. Like the shuttle bus several times a day, at certain times and strictly defined route, the road went postal carriages and carts. The world's first newspaper "Act" is delivered by the postal service. According to the sources, postage moving at speeds up to 120 Roman miles a day (about 177km). A huge boost for the development of communication was made by Emperor Augustus. He not only codified all traffic through the blood veins of the country, but also approved two postmasters, sea and land. E-mail became a separate public entity. And under the Emperor Trajan, when the treasury is not enough money has been released "Jubilee" series of coins that promotes the construction of roads.
Roman travel and bank transfers
Private crews were not allowed to useroads. Military post appointment runs were firmly. However, over time, any citizen of the Empire for a fee could be moved by these roads in postal carriages. A well-organized banking system allowed not to take cash on the road. It was enough to have with something like personal checks, for which the owner can get the money in the near "bank branch, and the figure was a huge amount. On the roads they plied not only postal carriage, but military patrols. By the way, complaints about the robberies for nearly 300 years from the beginning of August the Emperor's reforms - documented was not ..
It is known that regular sea and riverMail and Cargo Delivery paid special tokens - Tessera. Unfortunately, despite the huge amount of archaeological material, maritime issues and address it funktsioniravaniya poorly studied.
Anyone with the availability of funds couldto carry out long journeys to visit attractions spread across the Roman Empire. The traveler on the road issued a silver cup, and in every town or city visited our "tourist" on a cup engraved name of a town or place. These cups are kept in museums and private collections.
The common phrase that ruined Rome luxury - refers, perhaps, to the most ancient beginnings of tourism on the planet.