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Agrippa's Water Plan

Harry B. Evans
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 86, No. 3 (Jul., 1982), pp. 401-411
DOI: 10.2307/504429
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/504429
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This article examines Agrippa's contributions to the development of Rome's aqueduct system. Although the nature of water distribution in the ancient city is essentiall an unsolved problem, topographical evidence and statistics on aqueduct delivery furnished by Frontinus indicate how Agrippa implemented a water plan to meet urban requirements. In addition to repairing earlier aqueducts, he reworked the republican Aqua Tepula to supply private users in eastern districts, introduced a new line, the Aqua Julia, to serve needs of the Augustan building program in eastern and central areas, and finally in 19 B. C. built the Aqua Virgo to distribute water to the Campus Martius and Transtiber. The complementary functions and specialized distribution of the three Agrippan lines are discussed. Agrippa's planning laid the foundation for the imperial cura aquarum and was never entirely superseded.

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