The Aqueducts of the Ancient Romans

1361 WordsFeb 19, 20185 Pages
Imagine you live in ancient Rome and your potable water source is forty miles away from where you live. How would you get the water for every day? The answer to this are the aqueducts. Why and how the Romans did this? The Roman did this because some of their cities were far away from the potable water source and the function of an aqueduct is to transport the water from the potable source to the city. The Romans brought the water from their sources using channels at ground level or building structures like bridges with channels at the top. They used the bridges in order to save uneven terrains. All this structures are called aqueducts. In Roman times all aqueducts functioned using gravity, which means they brought water from higher levels to lower levels. The Romans are known for their civil and military architecture all around their empire. The Romans invented several architecture and engineering structures. They developed the arch, the dome, the Roman concrete, and the pavement. The pavement was a structure that is used to solve some of the issues they found to build the net of roads along their empire. They needed durable roads that would last a long time and support heavy loads. The basic structure of the pavement is a lower layer close to the ground that is called the sub base. It was made out of gravel. Above that layer there is another layer which is the base. It is made out of sand. On top of that there were pieces of stone that were cut into a square or rectangular
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