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Roman Aqueducts and Water Supply (Duckworth Archaeology) Paperback – March 26, 2002
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As an engineer, I became fascinated with the technical knowledge and skills demonstrated. Both civil engineering and hydraulic engineering expertise, achieving fine results with crude instruments. We marvel at Roman stonework, but keeping a constant slope over several kilometers is more technically difficult.
I found that much of what one knows about aqueducts isn't true. Siphons to cross valleys, instead of more costly and difficult bridges. Manholes at frequent intervals, for manually cleaning out limestone deposits, the bane of the system. Concrete and polished hydraulic cement. Who knew?
While the topics are technical, the writing is clear and self-explanatory, and the text is profusely illustrated. As long as you remember that water runs downhill, you'll be technically comfortable. The text follows the downhill flow of the water through the system, from the lakes or springs, to the cities, to the baths and fountains, to the sewers.
My major complaint is poor availability. Despite Amazon's current (August '05) "normally 3 to 5 weeks" to ship, I've now waited over 30 days for my second copy, and have been advised of at least another 30 day delay. My emailed enquiry to the publisher went unanswered.
I want to share this book with friends, but not my copy. "There are two kinds of fools: those who lend books, and those who return them." So, order yours now. Maybe you'll get it by Christmas. Enjoy!
All the questions I had about aqueducts were answered in this book and it gave me more than enough information on the subject.
I wish my history professors in college would have used sections of this book during the discussions on aqueducts because we were taught so little about these engineering miracles.
If you've even wondered "how did they do it" then this book will tell you. While sometimes a little lacking in punctuation the book flows well and is well illustrated.
I was certainly left with a renewed respect for the Roman engineers after reading this.
And apart from the engineering it gives you an insight into a completely different cultural perspective. Hodge makes the case that, contrary to popular belief, the aqueducts were primarily for what we might view as an extravagance given the cost - public & private baths and water features.
I found the notes at the end to be quite interesting, and half wish that they had been footnotes instead of end notes for ease of reference. I recognize that this wouldn't suit most readers, though.
From a historical perspective, I am delighted that the author says what isn't known or has been assumed just as much as he tells what is known and why. Too often, someone's pet theory becomes a "fact" through repetition, and (without having done any research in the field myself), I feel the author has tried to avoid all such gaffs.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in civil engineering or Roman history.
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