Rome was well endowed with a  sophisticated water supply that brought copious water into the city  from distant springs and rivers through a system of impressive aqueduct channels. This supply was both a luxury and a strategic necessity for an ancient city with a population that some estimates put close to two million.

 

BUILT TO LAST _ THE AQUEDUCTS OF ROME




THE PRINCIPAL AQUEDUCTS OF THE CITY

AQUA APPIA:

Built 312 BC , by consul Appius Claudius. It was 16 km long bringing spring water sourced near Praenestian to the Forum Boaricum.  

AQUA ANNIO VETUS:

Built 272 BC,  by consul Flaccus. It was 62 km long bringing river water from the Annio, above Tibur.  

AQUA MARCIA:

Built 144 BC,  by Praetor Marcius. It was 89 km long bringing   water from various springs to reach the Capitoline Hill and adjacent districts  

AQUA TEPULA:

Built 125 BC,  by Censors Caepio and Longinus. It  was 22 km long bringing   water from warm springs in Alban hills.  

AQUA JULIA:

Built 33 BC,  by Augustus’s friend Agrippa. It was 22 km long bringing   water from various springs along the Latin Way.  

AQUA VIRGO:

Built 19BC,  by Augustus’s friend Agrippa. It was 20 km long bringing   spring water  along the Collatian Way. It is still running and delivers water to the famous Trevi Fountain (Song – Three coins in a Fountain).  

AQUA ALSIETINA:

Built 2 BC,  by Augustus. It was 32 km long bringing   water from Alsetinian Lakes – stagnant water, only suitable for utilitarian use and irrigation.

AQUA CLAUDIA:

Built AD 38 -52,  by Caligula and finished by Claudius. It was 68 km long bringing spring  water from various springs.

AQUA ANNIO NOVUS:

Built AD 38 -52,  by Caligula and finished by Claudius. It was 85 km long bringing river water from the Annio, above Tibur.  

AQUA TRAIANA:

Built AD 109,  by Trajan. Records – lost.  

AQUA ALEXANDRA:

Built AD 226,  by Alexander Severus – constructed specifically to bring water to his public baths. Records now lost > > MORE  ON ROMAN AQUEDUCTS





 

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