Roman Road

About 100 m past Golani Junction, you will come to a ridge with the remains of an ancient Roman road that linked Acre and Tiberias.  Jesus likely used this road on his journey from Nazareht to the Sea of Galilee, as it was a major east-west thoroughfare during his time.

Exquisite roads were one of the hallmarks of the Roman Empire.  the Romans were the first to create a comprehensive system of paved roads over such a large territory.  The roads served the primary purpose of supporting military and trade development.  The road networks also facilitated the movement of ideas and technology and allowed foods, fashions and other cultural artifacts to spread. As the Internet became the “information superhighway” of the 21st century, so were Roman roads at the time of the Roman empire.

Roman roads were well-known for being very straight and uniform, with a predilection for right angles and asserting dominance over, rather than harmony with, nature..  Distances along the roads were measured by mile stones, or milia passuum which means “one thousand paces.”  A Roman miles was approximately 1500 m.  As maps were expensive and scarce, these mile markers often cited the distance to important destinations along the road.