Roman Aqueducts Essay

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Roman Aqueducts Even in the 21st century the ingeniousness of Roman engineering, dating back to 700 B.C., is not lost. The scale and integrity of their projects are still marveled about today. United States citizens are much like the Romans in that we continually work to improve our lifestyles by making daily life more convenient. We do it on a different level than the Romans but the simple fact is—from transportation (air, sea and land) to getting a drink of water or taking a shower—we are always seeking improvement. The Romans influenced such a vast area of the world for an extended amount of time due to their superior engineering skills. Aqueducts are one of their many inventions and arguably the greatest of their time and many years after. Before aqueduct technology, humans were restricted to build cities around natural water sources such as springs and rivers. These restricted cities grew crowded—not to mention also feculent and odious due to lack of a sewer system. Aqueducts enabled the Romans to grow in many different aspects including the size of their empires and their army. I think it is impossible to argue that the Romans had a direct impact on the entire world. Today most of us (with the exception of third world countries) have fresh tap water to use for drinking and cooking, clean water to bathe in, and an effective sewage system. Aqueducts today run on a lot of the basics derived from those established by the Romans. Although the Romans were far ahead of their time, they were not perfect. One detail was missed in their aqueduct invention and is arguably the biggest reason for the fall of Rome. Events that Led to the Advancement Much like the rest of the world, in 312 BC, Rome used natural water sources for their water needs. The Tiber River was a main water source along with other natural springs and streams (Alchin, 2011). At this time, Rome

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