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All Roads Lead to Rome

Vatican skyline in Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome Definition

All roads lead to Rome.

  • Different methods will still lead to the same solution.
  • There are many ways to reach a goal

Can be expressed to someone who feels you should only do something their way, or that your way is not as good.


Back in the day this phrase could be used quite literally. As all roads in the Roman Empire branched out from Rome. the capitol and birthplace of that civilization.

All Roads Lead to Rome Examples

  • Wow I’ve never seen that kind of math solved without converting to fractions, but I guess all roads lead to Rome!
  • Hey thanks for raking the whole yard! You probably didn’t see the leaf-blower I kept around back.. but hey, all roads lead to Rome!


All roads lead to Rome, and there were times when it might have struck us that almost every branch of study or subject of conversation skirted forbidden ground.

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

All roads indeed lead to Rome, but theirs also is a more mystical destination, some bourne of which no traveller knows the name, some city, they all seem to hint, even more eternal

Richard Le Gallienne

All Roads Lead to Rome Origin

mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam / a thousand roads lead men forever to Rome

Alain de Lille, Liber Parabolarum

The proverb comes from a similar saying originating in Latin. The phrase’s earliest record comes from the Liber Parabolarum a work written by French poet Alain de Lille in 1175.

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