A short essay exploring the significance of water to ancient Rome follows. MLA format not strictly adhered to here due to blog formatting restrictions and general readability.
The Practical and Symbolic Resonance of Water in Ancient Rome
If we pause and think about the cycle of a drop of water as it endlessly changes its form and location, we can catch a glimpse of this Christian community: past, present and future. Perhaps this drop of water on our outstretched finger once dropped as rain on the head of Christ himself. (Erickson, Online)
One of the great wonders of ancient Rome was its ingenious strategy for bringing fresh water into the city. With its stunning creation of aqueducts and underground system of lead pipes, it truly was called “regina aquarium, the queen of the waters.” (Hughes, 64) Visitors from afar must have been astonished at the abundance of clean running water within the city. This abundance of water was a critical factor in enabling Rome’s population to expand so freely with each passing century. According to Robert Hughes in Rome, A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History, maintaining this flow of fresh water into Rome was a complex and daunting task.
www.romanaqueducts.info/aquapub/dembskey2009Rometxt1.pdf. (University of South Africa)
Rome.” The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 2012,
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print.