Roman Doorway

Rome, Italy

Photo Credit: Alex Vogel

Deemed to be essentially flawless, Ancient Rome’s postal service is one that we can currently envy. Because their roads were so organized, horse-drawn mail carts could cover a lot of land in a short amount of time. We can attribute this perfect postal service to Augustus, Ancient Rome’s first emperor. The government’s postal service, called “cursus publicus,” was vital to the growth and expansion of Rome. Once the Roman Empire fell, cursus publicus continued to live on in other empires across Europe. We aren’t so sure if the Roman postal service today is as ideal as it was in Ancient Rome, but we appreciate Augustus for kicking things off so we can still send ourselves postcards from our Adventures.

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