Water supply and wastewater disposal in Pompeii: an overview

Duncan Keenan

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Abstract

The getting of water and its domestic, commercial and industrial use were daily activities for many of the inhabitants of Pompeii. The related infrastructure, such as the aqueduct, Castellum Aquae and many water towers and fountains, was a very visible part of Pompeii, as was the use of the streets for wastewater disposal. Indeed extensive provision and use of water was a characteristic part of Roman urbanisation all over the empire, and generally a sign of 'Romanisation’. This article reviews the water system in Pompeii from early times through to the city's destruction in 79 AD through the literature on this subject which has blossomed over the last two decades. For the purposes of this article I have confined myself to English language scholarship, with the occasional German and Italian exception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalAncient history : resources for teachers
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, Ancient History : resources for Teachers, Macquarie Ancient History Association, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.

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