Aqueduct Hunting in the Seventeenth Century: Raffaele by Harry B. Evans

By Harry B. Evans

Aqueduct looking has been a favourite hobby for viewers to Rome considering that antiquity, even if severe learn of ways the everlasting urban got its water didn't commence until eventually the 17th century. It was once Raffaele Fabretti (1619-1700), the well known Italian antiquarian and epigrapher, who all started the 1st systematic learn of the Roman aqueduct system.
Fabretti's treatise, De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae dissertationes tres, is mentioned as a question in fact by way of all later students operating within the zone of Roman topography. Its findings--while up to date and supplemented by means of newer archaeological efforts--have by no means been totally outmoded. but regardless of its huge, immense value and impression on scholarly efforts, the De aquis hasn't ever but been translated from the unique Latin. Aqueduct searching within the 17th Century offers a whole translation of and observation on Fabretti's writings, making them obtainable to a large viewers and punctiliously assessing their scholarly contributions.
Harry B. Evans bargains his reader an advent to Fabretti and his scholarly international. a whole translation and a statement that focuses totally on the topographical difficulties and Fabretti's contribution to our knowing of them also are supplied. Evans additionally assesses the contributions and corrections of later archaeologists and topographers and areas the De aquis within the heritage of aqueduct studies.
Evans demonstrates that Fabretti's conclusions, whereas faraway from definitive, are certainly major and benefit wider awareness than they've got got up to now. This ebook will entice classicists and classical archaeologists, old historians, and readers drawn to the heritage of know-how, archaeology, and Rome and Italy within the 17th century.
Harry B. Evans is Professor of Classics, Fordham University.

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Their construction is of alternating tufa and brick. Fig. 4. Aqua Alexandrina: settling tank near the aqueduct intake Dissertation I 27 survived for a very long time. The deposit is to be found not so much in the channel itself, almost blocked and quite often reduced to three-quarters of its space, but along the exterior walls of the conduit, where we see that moisture issuing from the same place has hardened into huge masses that resemble a wagon loaded with hay. 41]—has hardened into a deposit far thicker than this that we are describing and more densely formed.

2], when the arcades of the conduits had ended, the immense supply of water, displayed through ‹ve openings (as we shall state), used to be distributed in pipes for the use of the city. Indeed, no other aqueduct (since these were the highest of all) could climb to so great an elevation. The theory of a modern writer therefore remains colder than the Anio itself or the chilly Simbruvium: from this “castellum of the Aqua Marcia” 38 aqueduct hunting in the seventeenth century (as he labels it), supposedly erected by Trajan when that emperor restored that line and increased its capacity or extended it onto the Aventine— this, however, I remember having read as never cited from Frontinus himself but only in Angeloni, more than once and in an especially pompous manner with respect to one of his Trajanic coins12—he assigns the “Trophies” once standing there to Trajan.

Maria in Navicella and the forti‹cation of Pope Paul III. Since this is the special claim of truth, that all things agree with it, the result is that all the statements of authors speaking on this subject, which have drawn others in different directions, present themselves, in our opinion, altogether obvious and easy. What is more appropriate—indeed, more necessary—than that at this spot, we should allow a passage for the Aqua Appia, the lowest of all the aqueducts this side of the Tiber, “next to the Porta Capena,” and bring it back from high onto level ground?

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