Cecilia Metella was the wife of one of Caesar's generals in Gaul (present-day France), so she wasn't an ordinary civilian, in the true sense of the word. But for a woman who was not herself a politician, it is an awesome memorial indeed.

It doesn't look a day over 1,900

Above: Cecilia Metella's tomb towers over Via Appia Antica

Below: Hey, I've got a great idea! Let's get up and walk around some more!

Time to digest!

The Romans knew roads so well that the Appian Way, repaved many times over, is nonetheless still in constant use 2,300 years after it was first laid out.