Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome

Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome

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by Gregory S. Aldrete
     
 

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While the remains of its massive aqueducts serve as tangible reminders of Rome’s efforts to control its supply of drinking water, there are scant physical reminders that other waters sometimes raged out of control. In fact, floods were simply a part of life in ancient Rome, where proximity to the Tiber left a substantial part of the city vulnerable to the

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While the remains of its massive aqueducts serve as tangible reminders of Rome’s efforts to control its supply of drinking water, there are scant physical reminders that other waters sometimes raged out of control. In fact, floods were simply a part of life in ancient Rome, where proximity to the Tiber left a substantial part of the city vulnerable to the river's occasional transgressions.

Here, in the first book-length treatment of the impact of floods on an ancient city, Gregory S. Aldrete draws upon a diverse range of scientific and cultural data to develop a rich and detailed account of flooding in Rome throughout the classical period.

Aldrete explores in detail the overflowing river’s destructive effects, drawing from ancient and modern written records and literary accounts, analyses of the topography and hydrology of the Tiber drainage basin, visible evidence on surviving structures, and the known engineering methods devised to limit the reach of rising water. He discusses the strategies the Romans employed to alleviate or prevent flooding, their social and religious attitudes toward floods, and how the threat of inundation influenced the development of the city's physical and economic landscapes.

Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Eric Kondratieff
A comprehensive, insightful and lucid book-length study on a topic of great importance.

History Teacher - Stanley Burstein
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome is that rare thing in scholarship, a work that genuinely fills a gap in the scholarly literature. Professor Aldrete has brilliantly illuminated an aspect of ancient Rome that was ever present to the city's inhabitants but almost invisible to modern historians.

American Historical Review - Dennis E. Trout
Thoughtful study.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History - James C. Anderson
A noble attempt to bring interdisciplinary evidence from outside classical sources to bear on a long-standing problem of Roman history and archaeology.

Historian - Brian Fagan
A meticulously researched, well-written, and thoroughly referenced study of a little known aspect of Rome's history.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
A comprehensive, insightful and lucid book-length study on a topic of great importance.

— Eric Kondratieff

History Teacher
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome is that rare thing in scholarship, a work that genuinely fills a gap in the scholarly literature. Professor Aldrete has brilliantly illuminated an aspect of ancient Rome that was ever present to the city's inhabitants but almost invisible to modern historians.

— Stanley Burstein

American Historical Review
Thoughtful study.

— Dennis E. Trout

Journal of Interdisciplinary History
A noble attempt to bring interdisciplinary evidence from outside classical sources to bear on a long-standing problem of Roman history and archaeology.

— James C. Anderson, Jr.

Historian
A meticulously researched, well-written, and thoroughly referenced study of a little known aspect of Rome's history.

— Brian Fagan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884054
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Harry B. Evans
Raises important questions about the effects of flooding of the Tiber on the city of ancient Rome and its inhabitants and explores why Romans did not take more sweeping steps to reduce, if not eliminate, the dangers of urban flooding. There is no comparable book-length study of this topic, so this work fills a real need. It will be of interest not only to students of ancient history, but to hydrologists and students of urban studies as well. Certainly it will give us classicists much to think about in our assessment of urban life in ancient Rome.

Meet the Author

Gregory S. Aldrete is a professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and author of Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Din and Nayru ((you are god-moding. If I was god-moding right now, Zelda would still be alive right now. God-moding is a big no no in role-play. I'm not god-moding.)) Din:-the griffin narrowed her red eyes which seemed to be on fire- No. Zelda merely went out to complete a quest she was given. She had no idea what this flower was and why that person needed it. She was only trying to make someone happy! That's all. And this is what she gets?! Getting nearly killed by you?! HOW WAS SHE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GET KILLED?! HUH?! SHE COULD DIE NOW BECAUSE OF YOU! IF...IF SHE DIES TODAY, YOU'VE JUST ENDED AN ENTIRE BLOODLINE! SHE WAS THE LAST OF HER BLOODLINE! YOU'LL MESS UP THE ENTIRE TIME-LINE BY KILLING HER! Nayru: You have no idea what you just did........
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Din and Nayru                                                                                                                                                                Nayru: Come along now Merret.-she and Din went back to 'mythic warriors' first result-
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Griffins and a dying Zelda                                                                                                                                                      Farore:-she didn't waste time getting Zelda out of here-A dam flower can do all of this? Din and Nayru:((mun:if you play The Legend of Zelda, you'll know where I my griffins names come from))-they both roared and suddenly, there were more of them. they shuffled, so the wolves would know which were the real ones.all the Nayru's and Din's ripped out plenty of lungs of them and smashed the brain. their fighting style was no different than the real Nayru and Din. Then all the Nayru's and Din's flew up into the air, and hit the wolves, like an asteroid hitting Earth-
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Griffins and Zelda                                                                                                                                                                  -the three other griffins quickly put up a barrier before the wolves could attack Zelda again- Din, the red-eyed griffin: Farore! Help Zelda!  Farore the green-eyed griffin:-she nodded and took Zelda up into the air- Nayru, the blue-eyed griffin:-she electrified the barrier herself, Din, and Farore had made-
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-Zelda knew she was going to die.  she managed to shake them off, gain some ground and then turned back into a Hylian. she looked up at the sky and sent a prayer to the Goddesses in ancient Hyrulean-'Sweet Goddesses above, please spare my children's lives and let the wolves take mine.......-she fell to her knees and let the wolves come for her. she then heard a roar. then three all at once. Three griffins slammed into the wolves with high impact. though the dust, blue, red, and green eyes were seen.- You mess with our Zelda, you mess with all of us.-one roared. all of the wolves were then hit by some sort of sonic boom- 
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Griffin Zelda                                                                                              -she cried out in pain as Lupa slashed her wings. she thought about the future of her children and roared. a fiery battle aura surrounded the griffin and her eyes started to glow white. she took one of the wolves by the head and slammed it on the ground. she tried to take off, but only managed to get herself a couple of inches off the ground-
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Zelda                                                                                                                                                             -she dragged her hand down her face, clearly annoyed- Look, I'm pregnant, hormonal, and tired.-she turned into a griffin again and narrowed her striking blue eyes- I am a reincarnation of Goddess Hylia...-she lunged herself at one of the wolves and kicked another with her hind legs- 
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Zelda                                                                                                                            -she surfaced and saw the flower- Alright.......-she examined the flower and had her doubts- Hmmm.....goddess above, help me....-she carefully picked the flower and swam back up to the surface and climbed out of the water- This the flower, Merret?
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Zelda                                                              -she took off her dress and sandals, and was left in her undergarments. She dove in and  swam into the cave. She gave the mermaid a "thank you" look beforeshe disappeared into the cave-
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Zelda -she looked at the revolting plant and took from the mermaid in two fingers- Oh my.......-she nearly choked trying to swallow but managed to get it down- That.....was.....auugg..
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-turned back into a girl- We need to get down into that sealed cave.....
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"We are a shamed" she said. "But we are cursed for all eternity to protect this flower" she began. "It can do anything. It can heal and cure anything, create life, grant any wish, reverse any curse, give anyone any power, and destory or help this earth" she explained. "We cant use the flower because only gods' children can" she whined. "Might as well take it" she sighed. "And you can bring along merret, he is useless to us" she offered. She then handed the griffins it. They then dissolved into ash except merret. He sat there wagging his tail.