Rome built its empire in stone, over thousands of kilometres, from Britain to Iran and from Germany to Morocco. So it is no surprise that, of all the ancient civilisations, the Romans left the biggest mark on the landscape of the Mediterranean. They were obliged by the extension of their territories to build many cities. Colonies had their own peculiarities. Among these daughters of Rome, were Volubilis in North Africa and Gerasa in the Near East. These are two which most clearly reflect intensive romanisation.