The Romans built a large number of roads across much of Europe. Their primary function was to aid military movement and communication. But they became useful routes for trade and were, therefore, often linked to increased local prosperity.
A recent article in The Times claims that this link has persisted two millennia after the Roman Empire mostly faded away:
By examining the light emitted from towns and conurbations that lie along the routes of Roman roads built almost two millennia ago, researchers have concluded that they are still contributing to economic prosperity.
Are the paths of Roman roads still linked to higher prosperity?