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The Roman aqueducts stand after two millennia as a testament to the engineering genius of the ancient Romans. The Roman aqueducts not only provided drinking water for the Romans but indoor sewer systems that carried water away from the city and also supplied the bath houses with ample water, where the inhabitants of ancient Rome spent so much of their leisure time. The bulk of the Roman water system ran below the city, burrowed through 260 miles of rock, and about 30 miles of above ground bridges and crossways (the arches). The entire system relied on various gradients and gravity to maintain a continuous flow. The water rushed from higher ground via the ducts and emptied into giant cisterns in the city. These cisterns then distributed the water through lead pipes which reached most of the city. These massive structures are truly mind boggling! It is difficult for us today to imagine how they were constructed and maintained with the technology available at the time.
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