How Did They Do That?

A marvel of an­cient en­gi­neer­ing, these wa­ter sys­tems have be­come icons of an em­pire

History Revealed - - CONTENTS -

The mighty Ro­man aque­duct is put un­der the mi­cro­scope

Wa­ter is the life source of civil­i­sa­tion. To­day, we have so­phis­ti­cated sys­tems to col­lect, store and chan­nel fresh drink­ing wa­ter, but an­cient so­ci­eties had only lim­ited tech­nolo­gies to keep peo­ple in their cities well-quenched. Though ev­i­dence of such en­gi­neer­ing can be found across the an­cient world, none com­pare to that in­vented by the Ro­mans: the aque­duct. This sys­tem used grav­ity to carry wa­ter huge dis­tances from its source, through a net­work of down­ward slop­ing tun­nels and bridges. An in­cred­i­ble feat of en­gi­neer­ing, it was only re­cently that this tech­nol­ogy was sur­passed.

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