A very important roman improvement was the aqueducts. These helped with sanitation, and some of them are still used today!
Another Roman improvement that helped advance us, was the invention of concrete. This helped us build the colosseum and all of the other ancient monuments. Without concrete, we wouldn't be anywhere near where we are today!
Roads and highways are a really interesting improvement. They built these because of the space they had and how efficient they wanted to be. By 200 A.D. they built over 50,000 miles of roads. Mostly made of gravel, dirt, and bricks.
One of the cooler advancements made by the romans is the calendar we use today. They found even numbers unlucky so they ended each month in an odd. This calendar was off, so when Caesar came around he fixed it to the calendar we have today.
Battlefield surgery was one of the more useful improvements. They established a military medical field that was one of the first dedicated medical field units. They saved tons of lives throughout the period. They also discovered to heat instruments before use.
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