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ancient Rome Aqueducts

  • Rome had as many as 11 aqueduct systems, the most ancient of which was the mile-long Aqua Appia, first operational in 312 B.C. It was named for its sponsor, the censor Appius Claudius Caecus, better known for another great pioneering structure of ancient Rome: the Appian Way, one of the first major Roman roads.
  • Over a period of 500 years--from 312 bce to 226 ce --11 aqueducts were built to bring water to Rome from as far away as 92 km (57 miles).
  • Explore the history, design and development of the Roman aqueduct and test your understanding of ancient Rome, the expansion of the Roman empire, and ancient building techniques.
  • By the time of the Empire, three hundred years later, most Roman towns had at least one aqueduct to bring in fresh water, and big cities like Rome had ten aqueducts or more.
  • When Rome became an empire and spread across Europe, the Romans introduced aqueducts into their new colonies.
  • The first Roman aqueduct was commissioned by a member of the Senate named Appius Claudius Caecus in 312 BC, back when Rome was still a republic and not an empire.
  • In Rome, aqueducts required a third type of upkeep that was the result of a social, rather than technical, problem: The flow of water entering the city was constantly diminished by the illegal siphoning of water from the aqueduct channels to private property.
  • It is thought that there were over 900 baths in ancient Rome and when the fountains, imperial needs, and daily public and private usage are included, it is estimated that the Romans by the later part of the third century A.D. were continually bringing more than one million gallons of water per day into the city.
  • Peter Aicher has chosen an opportune time to produce a guide to Rome's aqueducts.

ancient Rome Cities

  • Much like the rest of Italy, Rome is predominantly Roman Catholic, and the city has been an important centre of religion and pilgrimage for centuries, the base of the ancient Roman religion with the pontifex maximus and later the seat of the Vatican and the pope.
  • Rome entered this war because Syracuse and Messana were too close to the newly conquered Greek cities of Southern Italy and Carthage was now able to make an offensive through Roman territory; along with this, Rome could extend its domain over Sicily.
  • In the late 18th century and early 19th century, the city was one of the centres of the Grand Tour, when wealthy, young English and other European aristocrats visited the city to learn about ancient Roman culture, art, philosophy and architecture.
  • By 1871, after French troops left the city, and Italian forces had taken Rome, it was declared capital of the new Italy.
  • Inland too Spain has a number of excellent destinations for fans of ancient Rome, particularly the city of Merida which is packed full of stunning sites.
  • In 410, when Alaric and the Goths sacked Rome, it still sent shocks across the ancient world.
  • The Etruscans laid the first underground sewers in the city of Rome around 500 BC. These cavernous tunnels below the city’s streets were built of finely carved stones, and the Romans were happy to utilize them when they took over the city.
  • Although ancient Rome offered its inhabitants many of the same irritants we complain about today, there are no parallels for some contemporary problems--like parking tickets, car alarms, and people who talk loudly on their cell phones in public.

ancient Rome Ruins

  • The ruins of Regia are situated in the Roman Forum and was built in order to accommodate the first kings of ancient Rome.
  • Ancient Rome's huge amphitheater, holding up to 55,000 people, was built by Emperor Vespasian in AD 80 and was the scene of many deadly gladiatorial and wild animal fights.
  • Construction in modern Rome is complicated because not only do engineers have to plan and design around the ancient ruins that are all insanely popular tourist attractions, but it’s also fairly common for the engineers to encounter new ancient artifacts and ruins while digging or excavating new sites.
  • I have long been interested in the history of ruins-gazing and now it occurred to me that perhaps the only way we can be "closer" to ancient Rome is in reading what the humanists had to say in the presence of ruins that have since vanished under the ministrations of nineteenth-century restorers and twentieth-century archaeologists.
  • Although the ruins have been supplanted by several other ancient civilizations, the Roman ramparts were built from 168-169 A.D. The site covers some 42 hectares and is considered especially important to archaeologists and historians since it provides a significant example of the Romanization of the empire's frontiers.
  • Beneath the Vatican City lie the ancient streets of Rome and an ancient burial ground, the Vatican necropolis - originally a cemetery on the southern slope of Vatican Hill.
  • He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favorite of ancient Rome.

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