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All roads lead to Rome

刊登日期: 2017.02.18
作者: Grace Tse  

While some students dislike group work, some prefer to work with other students. What are your views on group work? Teachers think that group work can encourage students to listen to each other and adopt a different perspective. This learning process allows students to understand that there are many different ways to achieve the same goal. That is what a famous proverb tells us : All roads lead to Rome(條條大路通羅馬;殊途同歸). 

This proverb was first written in Latin(拉丁文)by Alain de Lille, a French theologian and poet, in the 12th century. 

Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam. 

A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome. 

In the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer, the Father of English Literature(英國文學之父), was the first to use an Old English version in his own work in the 14th century. 

Right as diverse pathes leden the folk the righte wey to Rome. 

Just as diverse paths lead folk the right way to Rome. 

The proverb refers to the Milliarium Aureum (“Golden Milestone” 金色里程碑)in ancient Roman times. The Milliarium Aureum was a monument in the central Forum(古羅馬廣場). It was believed that this monument was the beginning of all roads leading to the major cities in the Roman Empire(羅馬帝國). 

The Roman Empire was very powerful and ruled many places in the world. For military expansion and economic development, the Empire built a good road system to mobilise soldiers and trade goods. Even though the roads were built 2,000 years ago, they were so well-built that some of them still exist nowadays in places like Italy, Britain and France. 

In modern life, this proverb reminds us to be more open-minded when we are finding the best way to solve a complicated problem. Remember that all roads lead to Rome. 


Glossary

Perspective 觀點
Theologian 神學家
Monument 紀念碑
Military expansion 軍事擴張
Economic development 經濟發展
Mobilise 動員
Open-minded 思想開明
Complicated 複雜

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