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By Harry B. Evans

Aqueduct searching has been a favourite hobby for viewers to Rome considering that antiquity, even supposing critical research of ways the everlasting urban received its water didn't commence until eventually the 17th century. It used to be Raffaele Fabretti (1619-1700), the well known Italian antiquarian and epigrapher, who started the 1st systematic examine of the Roman aqueduct system.
Fabretti's treatise, De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae dissertationes tres, is pointed out as a question in fact by means of all later students operating within the region of Roman topography. Its findings--while up-to-date and supplemented through more moderen archaeological efforts--have by no means been totally outdated. but regardless of its huge, immense value and effect on scholarly efforts, the De aquis hasn't ever but been translated from the unique Latin. Aqueduct looking within the 17th Century presents a whole translation of and remark on Fabretti's writings, making them available to a large viewers and punctiliously assessing their scholarly contributions.
Harry B. Evans deals his reader an creation to Fabretti and his scholarly international. a whole translation and a remark that focuses totally on the topographical difficulties and Fabretti's contribution to our realizing of them also are supplied. Evans additionally assesses the contributions and corrections of later archaeologists and topographers and locations the De aquis within the historical past of aqueduct studies.
Evans demonstrates that Fabretti's conclusions, whereas faraway from definitive, are certainly major and benefit wider consciousness than they've got got up to now. This e-book will attract classicists and classical archaeologists, historic historians, and readers attracted to the heritage of expertise, archaeology, and Rome and Italy within the 17th century.
Harry B. Evans is Professor of Classics, Fordham University.

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Principal channel of the conduit, through which the aqueduct was brought to the emissarium B. Blocking wall, where the aqueduct, on contact, divided itself into two channels C. Middle opening, through which the aqueduct was sent forth from level D, descending somewhat E. Side channels, through which a part of the aqueduct directed itself down again into F and G, with double openings on both sides ducts the following conduit pertains—the one that, proceeding almost three stades along the Via Latina on the left (for those coming toward Rome), enters the city in a corner of the walls further to the south, crosses the Via Appia above an arch next to the Porta S.

It is] not the Julia or the Tepula, which, tapped to the right of the Via Latina, were received onto the same arches, those of the Aqua Marcia, as is clear from Frontinus [Aq. 3]. Finally, [it is] not the Alsietina, which was sought from the lake of this name in Etruria, on the Via Claudia at the fourteenth milestone, on a side road to the right at sixty-‹ve hundred paces, according to Frontinus [Aq. 3]. This aqueduct originated in the middle of Latium. With all these aqueducts of Frontinus excluded and since we know as a fact that Severus Alexander Augustus introduced an aqueduct, I argue that this aqueduct cannot be attributed to another emperor; no other line can be attributed to this builder.

In addition, all inscriptions cited from Janus Gruter’s Inscriptiones antiquae (Heidelberg, 1603) are identi‹ed in the text by their listings in CIL and ILS when appropriate. Dissertation I 21 where this aqueduct is derived is said to be the beginning of the Aqua Virgo,2 the sources of which are about ten miles distant from here— indeed, on the Via Collatina; at the eighth milestone from the city, according to Frontinus; and near the Anio River, which appears nowhere on Kircher’s map. Before turning to a fuller description, I will go beyond those things that are noted in general terms on my map [‹g.

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