The Importance Of Roman Aqueducts In Ancient History

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Rome was one of the most powerful nations seen in ancient history. Through naval and terrestrial militaristic might, innovative technologies, civilian protection, prosperous trading, geographical superiority, and governmental support, Rome dominated most of the known world in what was one of the largest Empires seen throughout history. One of the many reasons Rome gained such vast power was the nation’s ability to dominate the naval field. Their innovative thinking allowed them to defeat the Carthaginians, previously the dominating naval force in the area, and gain complete control of the Mediterranean Sea (“Explaining the,” 2009). The Romans took ships from numerous other nations and improved them, such ship was the trireme, a ship with three…show more content…
With incredible ideas and architectural feats unfathomable at the time, Rome propelled itself into a new, more modern era (“Explaining the,” 2009). Concrete allowed the Romans to build structures unimaginable with other building materials. The strength of Roman concrete allowed structures to not only be larger and heavier, but also to withstand the passing of time. Many of Rome’s concrete structures still stand today (Tab 9). Roman aqueducts provided safe drinking water for Rome, an indoor sewer system to remove waste and sewage from the city, and ample water for the bathhouses, where most of the Romans leisure time was spent. Most, roughly 260 miles, of the eleven aqueducts that supplied water to Rome were deep under ground, and almost 30 miles of the system was set above ground, in the form of monumental crossways, bridges, and arches. The aqueducts needed near constant care, which was performed by a professional curator and by slave labor (“Roman aqueducts,” 2016). The first form of newspaper, called the Acta Diurna, or “daily acts”, allowed the common peoples to know about the government. These messages were carved into metal or stone and posted in places with heavy traffic, and contained information such as military victories, birth and death notices, lists of games or gladiator battles, and human-interest stories. An Acta Senatus was also printed, which held information on the proceedings of the Senate (Andrews, 2012). In addition to being innovative in civil technology, the Romans were also very innovative in their

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