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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World$
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Paul Erdkamp, Koenraad Verboven, and Arjan Zuiderhoek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.001.0001

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‘Watered…with the Life-giving Wave’

‘Watered…with the Life-giving Wave’

Aqueducts and Water Management in Ostrogothic Italy

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(p.150) 9 ‘Watered…with the Life-giving Wave’
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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World
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Yuri A. Marano

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.003.0009

The wealth and peace which marked the first decades of the Ostrogothic rule over Italy ushered in a time of intense building activity. As a revival and restoration of Roman culture and tradition, Theoderic promoted the renovation of public monuments and infrastructures in key centres such as Rome, Milan, Verona, and Ravenna, but also in several other towns of the kingdom. In this context the upkeep of urban supply systems and waterworks figures prominently in the archaeological evidence and authors of the time. In this respect, Ostrogothic Italy shows a high degree of technological, administrative, and ideological continuity with regard to the Roman past. Notwithstanding the growing involvement of the church in water management, public authorities remained the main actors in this field.

Keywords:   aqueducts, sewage system, water management, baths, watermills, Ostrogothic Italy

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