The enduring impact of Britain’s ancient routes
Historian Dan Jones takes us on a journey to look at six of the roads that best tell the story of Rome’s merciless charge on the British Isles, and which shaped the land indelibly. Teaming up with archaeologists and using modern technology to uncover the worlds lost to the earth for thousands of years, the featured routes include Watling Street (Kent Coast to Shropshire), Ermine Street (London to York) and Fosse Way (Exeter to Lincoln).
The 2,000-mile network built and rebuilt across the 400 or so years of Britain’s Roman occupation is strikingly similar in length to the UK’s current motorway network and some stretches are even on the same alignments. By walking the same roads as emperors, centurions, and slaves we revisit the lives of those forgotten as the empire marched on through Britannia.
Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2020