How Aqueducts Work - A Roman technology that marked the height of their engineering prowess

Marshall Brain

When thinking about the ancient city of Rome, and Roman engineering, one thing that is amazing even today is the aqueduct system they used to bring water into the city. Water might travel hundreds of miles through canals and tunnels to reach the city, and then flow to the citizens either through pipes or public fountains. This happened all by gravity - no pumps or power supplies needed. These two videos do a nice job of explaining the technology:

Besides its use for drinking, the water from the aqueducts also flowed into Roman baths, as seen here:

See also: - How is L.A. like ancient Rome? - Archaeology: Ancient Roman Aqueduct Source Discovered

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