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ROMAN AQUEDUCTS. The Best in the world!. Luca Del Biondo. The most famous Roman Aqueducts :. Aqua Appia Aqua Vetus Aqua Marcia Aqua Tepula Aqua Iulia Aqua Claudia Aqua Novus Aqua Traiana Aqua Alexandrina. The first Roman aqueduct : Aqua Appia .

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Roman aqueducts


The Best in the world!

Luca Del Biondo

The most famous roman aqueducts
The mostfamous Roman Aqueducts:

  • Aqua Appia

  • AquaVetus

  • Aqua Marcia

  • AquaTepula

  • AquaIulia

  • Aqua Claudia

  • AquaNovus

  • AquaTraiana

  • AquaAlexandrina

The first roman aqueduct aqua appia
The first Roman aqueduct : Aqua Appia

  • Completed in 312 b.C., it was built during the second war against the Samnites

  • 16.5 km long, itstartsnear Via Prenestina, flows underground and goes towards the Aventine and Celio

  • It has been rebuilt in various periods. The last timeitwasrebuiltbetween 11 and 4 b.C., by the EmperorAugustus

Anio vetus
Anio Vetus

  • Builtbetween 272 and 270 b.C., in part itisaboveground, in partsitruns on twolevels

  • Ittakes water from the River Aniene, near Tivoli, at a height of 850 m abovesealevel

  • Itcarries 2.111 litres per second and ends at Esquilino Hill

Aqua marcia
Aqua Marcia

  • First aqueductaboveground, built in 144 b.C., byPraetor Marcio

  • Itisabout90 km long, itisendowedwithbridges and canals.

  • Itcarriesabout 251 litres per second

Aqua tepula
Aqua Tepula

  • Itwasbuilt in 126 b.C. by censors G. ServiliusCaepio and L. Cassius Longinus

  • Its source was on the Alban hills, running only a mere 18 kilometers till it reached Rome

  • The water from the Aqua Tepula, as implied in the name, was tepid and lukewarm, not fit for human consumption

Aqua iulia
Aqua Iulia

  • It was built in 33 b.C. by Agrippa, and expanded by Augustus between 11 and 4 b.C.

  • The springs of the Aqua Iulia are situated approximately a half-mile north of the abbey of Grottaferrata, and it ends near Porta Maggiore

  • The water supply was estimated to be 48,000 m3 during a 24-hour period

Aqua claudia
Aqua Claudia

  • Aqua Claudia wasbegun by EmperorCaligula in 38 a.C. and finished in 52 a.C.

  • Itis 69 km long, brings water from Subiaco and, likeAquaIulia, endsitscoursenear Porta Maggiore

  • Itdeliveredto the city about 180,000 cubicmeters of water per day

Anio novus

  • AnioNovuswasbuilt in the sameperiod of Aqua Claudia, by Caligula, and itwas the longestaqueduct, withitslenght of 87 km.

  • Ittookits water fromriverAniene, bringing 196.627 cubicmeters of water per day, and ended in Porta Maggiore, likeotheracqueducts

Aqua traiana

  • Thisaqueduct, builtby Traiano in 109, drewits water fromthe Bracciano lake

  • Itwas57 km long and brought 118,200 cubicmetersof water per day up toGianicolo, on the other side of the River Tevere.

  • Itwasdestroyed by enemies and rebuiltas “Aqua Paola”

Aqua alexandrina

  • AquaAlexandrina, the last of the mostimportant Roman aqueduct, wasbuilt in 226 a.C. under the reign of Alexander Severus in the III century AD

  • Itisn’t very long, only 22 km, and broughtfrom 120,000 to 320,000 cubicmeters of water per day (depending on the season), from Pantano Borghese to the Terme Alessandrine, near the Pantheon.