Aqueduct Hunting in the Seventeenth Century: Raffaele Fabrettis De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae Harry B. Evans

ISBN: 9780472112487

Published: October 18th 2002

Hardcover

316 pages


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Aqueduct Hunting in the Seventeenth Century: Raffaele Fabrettis De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae  by  Harry B. Evans

Aqueduct Hunting in the Seventeenth Century: Raffaele Fabrettis De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae by Harry B. Evans
October 18th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 316 pages | ISBN: 9780472112487 | 6.31 Mb

Aqueduct hunting has been a favorite pastime for visitors to Rome since antiquity, although serious study of how the Eternal City obtained its water did not begin until the seventeenth century. It was Raffaele Fabretti (1619-1700), the well-knownMoreAqueduct hunting has been a favorite pastime for visitors to Rome since antiquity, although serious study of how the Eternal City obtained its water did not begin until the seventeenth century. It was Raffaele Fabretti (1619-1700), the well-known Italian antiquarian and epigrapher, who began the first systematic research of the Roman aqueduct system.Fabrettis treatise, De aquis et aquaeductibus veteris Romae dissertationes tres, is cited as a matter of course by all later scholars working in the area of Roman topography.

Its findings--while updated and supplemented by more recent archaeological efforts--have never been fully superseded. Yet despite its enormous importance and impact on scholarly efforts, the De aquis has never yet been translated from the original Latin. Aqueduct Hunting in the Seventeenth Century provides a full translation of and commentary on Fabrettis writings, making them accessible to a broad audience and carefully assessing their scholarly contributions.Harry B. Evans offers his reader an introduction to Fabretti and his scholarly world. A complete translation and a commentary that focuses primarily on the topographical problems and Fabrettis contribution to our understanding of them are also provided.

Evans also assesses the contributions and corrections of later archaeologists and topographers and places the De aquis in the history of aqueduct studies.Evans demonstrates that Fabrettis conclusions, while far from definitive, are indeed significant and merit wider attention than they have received to date. This book will appeal to classicists and classical archaeologists, ancient historians, and readers interested in the history of technology, archaeology, and Rome and Italy in the seventeenth century.Harry B. Evans is Professor of Classics, Fordham University.



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