Roman history of aqueducts

Roman history of aqueducts

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  • One night in the earlier days of Rome...
  • I guess our cities will die of immense thirst...
  • How will we get water into our blooming cities across the empire?
  • Appia Claudius Caecus built the first aqueduct underground in Rome. The idea was first formed in Greece, in Samos, but the Romans styled their own. The first aqueduct, which was underground, was called the Aqua Appia, after the man who built it.
  • Later, in the later years of Rome...
  • I have done it. My aqueducts have spread.
  • Appia Claudius Caecus stands before the Aqua Claudia.
  • I built the first aqueduct, and we built others around the empire.
  • Other aqueducts began to spread over the cities. The "ancient pipes" used gravity and natural slopes of land to transport water from springs in the mountains to the city. The aqueducts were built with a type of architectural technique called arch. They would build the columns, then, using precise placing, pile and place the stones on a wooden frame until the final center stone was placed in the top-middle. Then they could build on top of the columns without much structural stress, and it took less stones, too.
  • All in all, the Romans introduced a new way of bringing water in and out of cities. The first American cast-iron pipe system was manufactured in Weymouth, New Jersey, in the early 1800s. The city of Philidelphia began first installing their cast-iron pipe systems in 1804 through 1810. This concept is important because, without it, we would not have the basics of flushing a toilet or washing our hands or even taking a shower. So as you can see, the Roman's architecture and ideas impact society in a huge way , more then we could possibly ever know.
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