Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome
By (author) Gregory S. Aldrete
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Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete
Book DescriptionWhile the remains of its massive aqueducts serve as tangible reminders of Rome's efforts to control its supply of drinking water, there are scant physical reminders that other waters sometimes raged out of control. In fact, floods were simply a part of life in ancient Rome, where proximity to the Tiber left a substantial part of the city vulnerable to the river's occasional transgressions. Here, in the first book-length treatment of the impact of floods on an ancient city, Gregory S. Aldrete draws upon a diverse range of scientific and cultural data to develop a rich and detailed account of flooding in Rome throughout the classical period. Aldrete explores in detail the overflowing river's destructive effects, drawing from ancient and modern written records and literary accounts, analyses of the topography and hydrology of the Tiber drainage basin, visible evidence on surviving structures, and the known engineering methods devised to limit the reach of rising water. He discusses the strategies the Romans employed to alleviate or prevent flooding, their social and religious attitudes toward floods, and how the threat of inundation influenced the development of the city's physical and economic landscapes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801884054
(216mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregory S. Aldrete
Long Shadow of Antiquity, Hardback (June 2012)
Looks at the myriad ways that the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have fundamentally influenced and shaped our modern world. This title explores a selection of the innovations of ancient Greek and Roman civilization to trace how these have developed through history and still affect the world of the twenty-first century.
Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Gregory S. Aldrete
Readers with an interest in rhetoric, urban culture, or communications in any period will find the book informative, as will those working in art history, archaeology, history, and philology.
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Author Biography - Gregory S. Aldrete
Gregory S. Aldrete is a professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and author of Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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