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A compiled list of some Roman aqueducts, when they were built, and why

Another little gem from my days learning Latin (I was never that good at Latin and made up for it by researching things like this). I’ve added useful links to offsite resources (they didn’t have as much back in 1996!).

AQUA APPIA -Finished in 312 B.C.
To bring water to Rome, mostly an underground tunnel that was 10 miles long. The first aqueduct in Rome. View picture.

AQUA MARCIA -Built in 144 B.C.
To bring water to Rome from 36 miles away. First aqueduct to have high arches with a concrete water channel on the top. View picture.

AQUA CLAUDIA – About 38 A.D.
120 miles long, mostly above ground. Remains today are scattered near Rome. View picture.

AQUA ALEXANDRINA – Built in 226 A.D.
Largest and the last aqueduct built in ancient Rome, stretched 58 miles. Built by the praetor Marcius. View picture.

FOUR AQUEDUCTS – All built during the Republic.
These were built over a span of 200 years, the conduits were almost 300 miles in length, with about 50 miles being underground. They brought water from Anio and the springs of Fracati into Rome. View article.

EMISSARIUM – About 40 A.D.
To empty Lake Fucine into the river Liris and restore some land in central Italy to farming. It was mostly underground and was about 3 miles long. Claudius finished the work of Gaius.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

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