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|Autor:||andinia2 [ Sab Dic 31, 2011 12:37 pm ]|
|Asunto:||Do You Have A Mansion? Seems Unlikely...|
Today many love to think that their homes are mansions, and while most are not by current standards, none are, considering the original concept and meaning of the word.
The Roman Empire was a vast piece of land administered by professional bureaucrats at a time in which no kind of machine could make people travel faster than a horse or an ox cart. There was indeed nothing like email messaging, telephones or faster-than-feet courier systems.
Yet, managing such an empire required orders to come and go, taxes to be collected, laws and regulations to be published and answers to come. Granted: in some cases the answers returned in the form of a couple of rebellious legions poised to replace an emperor that someone didn't like, but nevertheless, the whole dynamics of the state required things and people to travel.
So the Roman authorities had to design a system for communicating the various provinces under their command, and in such a way, the Roman via or highway was born. But couriers, representatives, military officers, ambassadors, auditors, senators and so on usually had to spend days or weeks going over the fantasting yet tiresome highways, and soon enough, a series of state-owned guest houses were built all across the nation.
This was the original concept of mansion: a luxury resort for the Roman officials on their way. It was forbidden to use them in any other way but naturally, that is exactly what happened in the farthest places. As the empire decayed, they were overtaken by local bureaucrats for their own private and exclusive use and barbarians alike, and the whole system collapsed.
Today, some can still be seen at certain locations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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