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Guide to the Aqueducts (HB)
     

Guide to the Aqueducts (HB)

by Peter J. Aicher
 

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From the armchair tourist to the field explorer, travelers of all ages and stages will benefit from this fascinating depiction of ancient Rome's immortal achievement in engineering and architecture. 'Guide to the Aqueducts of Ancient Rome' describes the 500-kilometer network of tunnels and arcades, explains the operation of the system, and locates all the major ruins

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From the armchair tourist to the field explorer, travelers of all ages and stages will benefit from this fascinating depiction of ancient Rome's immortal achievement in engineering and architecture. 'Guide to the Aqueducts of Ancient Rome' describes the 500-kilometer network of tunnels and arcades, explains the operation of the system, and locates all the major ruins of the city's aqueducts from the avenues of the capital to the remote valleys of the Roman Campagna. Includes: 14 maps, 44 illustrations, and 16 photographs.

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Booknews
An introduction and field guide, for the tourist or the student, to Rome's 500-kilometer network of tunnels and arcades and where their ruins can be found. Examines pre-Roman aqueducts, surveying, construction, distribution, and administration; includes maps of ancient and modern sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Christopher Parslow
... this straightforward guide offers far more than a catalog of the extant remains. It vividly reconstructs the history of the aqueducts and how their construction contributed to the development not only of Rome but of the outlying areas adjacent to them. So, for example, private consumers such as the owners of the Hadrianic Villa Vignacce are seen tapping into the Aqua Marcia for their own needs, and the service road built for this same aqueduct is credited with encouraging the growth of villas near Tivoli.... A strikingly recurrent theme is the frailty of these seemingly immortal ruins. All the more striking is that the degradation of many channels began so soon after their construction. One inscription records restorations to the Claudian aqueduct, which, though built only some twenty years prior, already had been out of service for nine years when Vespasian undertook its repair in 71..
New England Classical Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865162716
Publisher:
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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