By Brian Campbell
Figuring in fable, faith, legislation, the army, trade, and transportation, rivers have been on the middle of Rome's expanding exploitation of our surroundings of the Mediterranean international. In Rivers and the ability of historic Rome, Brian Campbell explores the function and impact of rivers and their surrounding panorama at the society and tradition of the Roman Empire.
Examining creative representations of rivers, comparable structure, and the paintings of historic geographers and topographers, in addition to writers who describe rivers, Campbell finds how Romans outlined the geographical parts they conquered and the way geography and common atmosphere relating to their society and actions. furthermore, he illuminates the prominence and price of rivers within the keep watch over and enlargement of the Roman Empire--through the criminal rules of riverine actions, the exploitation of rivers in army strategies, and using rivers as routes of verbal exchange and circulation. Campbell exhibits how a technological figuring out of--and even mastery over--the forces of the river helped Rome upward thrust to its significant position within the historic world.
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Marked the defeat of the Aequi and the appropriation of their water supply. In 273 Manius Curius Dentatus arranged to have the Old Anio, water from a source of the river near Tibur, brought into the city by an aqueduct built from the proceeds of booty from the war against Pyrrhus. 69 South of Rome in Latium, Roman campaigns against the Volsci brought more territory, and in 318 the tribe Oufentina was created and named after the river Oufens in the territory of Privernum; this river flowed from Mount Lepinus to the coastal plain near Tarracina, which had been founded as a colony in 329.
36 In a sense the river rescued and protected the twins by its characteristic riverine behavior. D. 37 RIVERS PAST AND PRESENT : : : 13 The river theme also appears in a different guise in the story of Aeneas, who was a refugee from the Greek sack of Troy and another heroic figure deeply associated with the foundation of Rome. 38 This story eventually merged with the Romulus version, and Aeneas was held to have founded Lavinium in Italy with Romulus as his distant descendant. Virgil was the greatest exponent of the Aeneas story.
Its average volume amounts to about 6,500 cubic meters per second. The river now provides an international frontier and a great waterway, as indicated by the setting up of the International Danube Navigation Commission at the Paris Conference of 1856. 97 Similarly, the Rhine, which stretches for 1,320 kilometers and achieves an average discharge of about 2,200 cubic meters per second, is intimately connected with the welfare of the countries through which it flows: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.