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    DescriptionWhile the remains of its massive aqueducts serve as tangible reminders of Rome's efforts to control its supply of drinking water, there are scant physical reminders that other waters sometimes raged out of control. In fact, floods were simply a part of life in ancient Rome, where proximity to the Tiber left a substantial part of the city vulnerable to the river's occasional transgressions. Here, in the first book-length treatment of the impact of floods on an ancient city, Gregory S. Aldrete draws upon a diverse range of scientific and cultural data to develop a rich and detailed account of flooding in Rome throughout the classical period. Aldrete explores in detail the overflowing river's destructive effects, drawing from ancient and modern written records and literary accounts, analyses of the topography and hydrology of the Tiber drainage basin, visible evidence on surviving structures, and the known engineering methods devised to limit the reach of rising water. He discusses the strategies the Romans employed to alleviate or prevent flooding, their social and religious attitudes toward floods, and how the threat of inundation influenced the development of the city's physical and economic landscapes.

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    Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory S. Aldrete
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801884054
    ISBN 10: 0801884055

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    DC22: 937.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, NAT023000
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    DC22: 937/.6
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    LC classification: DG69 .A43 2007
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    Thema V1.0: JBSD, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    23 halftones, 14 line drawings
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    Publication date
    20 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Gregory S. Aldrete is a professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and author of Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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    A comprehensive, insightful and lucid book-length study on a topic of great importance. -- Eric Kondratieff Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007 Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome is that rare thing in scholarship, a work that genuinely fills a gap in the scholarly literature. Professor Aldrete has brilliantly illuminated an aspect of ancient Rome that was ever present to the city's inhabitants but almost invisible to modern historians. -- Stanley Burstein History Teacher 2007 Thoughtful study. -- Dennis E. Trout American Historical Review 2007 A noble attempt to bring interdisciplinary evidence from outside classical sources to bear on a long-standing problem of Roman history and archaeology. -- James C. Anderson, Jr. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2008 A meticulously researched, well-written, and thoroughly referenced study of a little known aspect of Rome's history. -- Brian Fagan Historian 2009