Over 100 selected Roman aqueducts: description and photographs This website on over 100 selected Roman aqueducts and related items is a joint effort of Cees Passchier (Mainz, Germany) and Wilke Schram (Utrecht, the Netherlands). Almost all information is based on open literature and own experiences. Most pictures are our own and may be used free only for non-commercial purposes and with the name(s) of the copyright owner(s): Cees W. Passchier, Driek van Opstal, and/or Wilke D. Schram

The information in these pages has been assembled from a large number of sources, some of which contain contradictory information. It is therefore impossible for us to know if all the information given is correct and up to date (except where we were able to visit the sites). We welcome any comments on errors or incomplete information, so that we can improve this site further. It is not so much our website, it belongs to all who are enthousiastic about roman aqueducts, architecture and engineering.

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"Roman aqueduct"

We went to see the aqueduct, the one sight
of a surly village near the Pyrenees -

surky because there're Cathars? or because
they know they've tricked the visitors who write

the road-signs and the guide-books. It's not Roman
to my eyes - I would swear the man who bled

the river Agly at the valley head
and planted crops and married local women

were Arabs. Straggling back from Poitiers
they hid among these hills, remade their home

here under fruitful clouds and under dolmens
of long-forgotten Franks. Then their pretence

saved them, but still they hate the name of Rome.
They built the aqueduct, but they dare not say.


With kind permission of the poet
Fokke and Sukke
sojourned at the wrong side of the border [Limes]

I just heard that the people in Trajectum [Utrecht, NL] already got an aqueduct

© rgvt 2007

About Roman aqueduct studies

Often the literature about a particular aqueduct looks like a dossier of a prolonged and badly managed court case: testimonies of priests of 200 years ago, contradicted by local fanatics who somewhere have seen a stone which was later lost again, vague maps, weird sketches. Unbelievable; in many cases it is very difficult to make a comprehensive story out of it.
In this respect, to document an aqueduct is ten times harder than for example to transform difficult interpretable geological data into a smooth report.

Anonymus, November 2008
Dear Wilke Schram,

My very heartiest congratulations on your outstandingly comprehensive website and bibliography on aqueducts. It is a first-rate publication, and I look forward with great interest to your updated version.

I offer suggestions, as you request. My chief one is that perhaps you should also include a section on aqueducts in general, as well as the individual sites. This could also include references to ancient sources, notably Vitruvius and Frontinus, as also commentaries on them. It would mean a great deal more work for you, and no doubt you have already considered the possibility, but you will agree, I am sure, that it would also greatly increase the value of your site.
[ ...]
Of course, a further possible expansion would be to add references not just to the aqueducts proper but to the water distribution system in the towns, with sections on lead pipes, lead poisoning, castella, taps, measuring the quinaria, and so on. The whole water system ought, after all, to be considered as a single entity.

In any event, my best wishes for your future success. [ ...]
With all good wishes, and warmest congratulations on your work,

A. Trevor Hodge (1930 - 2012)
Department of Classics, Carleton University, Ottawa
e-Mail March 2004

For a biographical notice, see this webpage.

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