As an introduction, this paper will look at the context of Roman roads in the landscape, and the role of research into roads. The landscape in question is partly the physical one, but in a wider sense includes economic, social, strategic and sacred viewpoints, and their relationship with transport networks. Case-studies will be drawn from Italy and Britain. The paper concludes with a brief look at the afterlife of Roman roads in the early medieval period.

The importance of enhancing our knowledge of the Roman road network

Professor Tony King