A civilisation of water
One of the names of the
Rome of enough water was always a big worry for the
men with a good reputation with the emperor could be made
responsible for organising the supply of and distribution
of the water ("cura aquarum"
= the water administration). At the end of the 1st century the aqueducts
supplied 992.200 m³
water, more then enough to provide each of the 1 million Romans in the city with
900 liter water per day. The water was distributed by the state and was state
The first aqueduct (Aqua Appia) was built by Appius
Claudius, later nicknamed Caecus (the blind), who also constructed the Via Appia (the famous highroad
from Rome to Capua). The aqueduct was finished in
312 bC and was based on the technology of the Greek.
was to maintain the angle of the canal. Because of the
difference in height the Aqua Appia had a length of
about 16,5 km, whereas the source was only 11 km away
The Anio Vetus, built in 272 bC, was 60 km long and is in
fact the first exemple of an aqueduct, because this aqueduct was less based
on the Greek technology and more on the aqueducts we
know now of the Romans.
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