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All roads lead to Rome

  • All roads lead to Rome is a proverb, which is a short, common saying or phrase. These language tools particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these expressions as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are better late than never, curiosity killed the cat, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, never look a gift horse in the mouth, blood is thicker than water, and don’t count your chickens before they hatch. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the expression all roads lead to Rome, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    The phrase all roads lead to Rome means that there are various ways to reach a conclusion, many ways to achieve a goal, and many routes to arrive at a decision. The idea is that there are many methods to accomplish something, all leading to the same result. The proverb all roads lead to Rome may be derived from a phrase coined by French poet Alain de Lille in the Middle Ages in 1175: “mille vie ducunt hominem per secula Romam,” which means “a thousand roads lead a man forever toward Rome.” Ancient Rome and the Roman empire is well-known for its engineering prowess. Many ancient Roman structures are still intact, including aqueducts, public Roman baths such as the Baths of Caracalla, walls such as Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall, and Roman architecture such as palaces, temples, and coliseums where one may view Roman concrete. Portions of many Roman roads such as the Appian Way or Via Appia are still in existence. These roads provided a route for a strong Roman economy and for rapid deployment of the Roman army. Every Roman road was considered to begin at the Milliarium Aureum or Golden Milestone, installed by Emperor Caesar Augustus in the Roman Forum in the City of Rome.

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    Examples

    The saying “All roads lead to Rome” is pertinent in this case, because every gain in terms of freedom and civic spirit will help us to inevitable rescue our people’s sovereignty.  (The Havana Times)

    Anderson said during a news conference that he has confidence that this suit could have a different outcome because his body of evidence demonstrates “all roads lead to Rome.”  (Angelus News)

    Further, research in social psychology indicates that multiple means can be used to achieve one end (“all roads lead to Rome”), as well as one mean to achieve multiple ends (“killing two birds with one stone”). (The Mandarin)


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