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Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome (Ancient Society and History)

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In the first book-length treatment of the impact of floods on an ancient city, 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.

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Aldrete (history and humanistic studies, U. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) explores the effects of floods on Rome during the classical period. He details their characteristics in terms of geographic extent, duration, seasonality, frequency, and magnitude; effects on the inhabitants of the city; and their attitude and attempts to alleviate the flooding. He includes maps and several primary source descriptions of events. Much of this information has not previously been collected in a volume published in English.
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Aldrete (history and humanistic studies, U. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) explores the effects of floods on Rome during the classical period. He details their characteristics in terms of geographic extent, duration, seasonality, frequency, and magnitude; effects on the inhabitants of the city; and their attitude and attempts to alleviate the flooding. He includes maps and several primary source descriptions of events. Much of this information has not previously been collected in a volume published in English. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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While 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801884054
Author:
Aldrete, Gregory S.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
Rome (Italy) History To 476.
Subject:
Floods - Italy - Rome - History
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Series:
Ancient Society & History
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
338
Dimensions:
8.67x6.15x1.00 in. 1.23 lbs.

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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

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Product details 338 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801884054 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , While 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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