Water Management in Ancient Greek Cities
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Water Management in Ancient Greek Cities

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Focusing on the Mediterranean area where water management is crucial, this pioneering study is the first to show how the supply, distribution, and drainage of water contributed to the urbanization of ancient cities. Drawing from classical archaeology, the theory and history of urbanization, geology, and hydraulic engineering, Crouch examines water-system elements, including springs, fountains, wells, channels and drains, latrines, laundry, and dishwashing, as they relate to each other and to the physical, historical, and social bases of ancient Greek cities. Studying numerous sites including Pompeii, Pergamon, Athens, Samos, Delphi, and Corinth, she concludes that increased knowledge and skill in management of water contributed directly to the urbanization of the ancient Greek world. Illustrated with excellent photographs and line drawings, the discussions of supply, distribution, and drainage of water are organized topically, rather than chronologically or by site, offering an excellent example of the interdisciplinary approach. Crouch's study raises stimulating questions for further research, indicates entirely new directions for established academic disciplines, and suggests useful procedures for modern cities facing problems of water supply and management.show more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162.1 x 234.7 x 31.2mm | 834.62g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, numerous halftones, line drawings, and tables
  • 0195072804
  • 9780195072808

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Focusing on the Mediterranean area where water management is crucial, this pioneering study is the first to show how the supply, distribution, and drainage of water contributed to the urbanization of ancient cities. Drawing from classical archaeology, the theory and history of urbanization, geology, and hydraulic engineering, Dr. Crouch examines water-system elements and uses, including springs, fountains, wells, channels and drains, latrines, laundry, and dishwashing, as they relate to each other and to the physical, historical, and social bases of ancient Greek cities. In her study of such sites as Syracuse, Pergamon, Athens, Samos, Delphi, and Corinth, she concludes that increased knowledge and skill in management of water contributed directly to the urbanization of the ancient Greek world. Illustrated with excellent photographs and line drawings, the discussions of supply, distribution, and drainage of water are organized topically, rather than chronologically or by site, Crouch's study raises stimulating questions for further research, indicates entirely new directions for established academic disciplines, and suggests useful procedures for modern cities facing problems of water supply and management.show more

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there are some very good things. The author brings out the importance of Karst geology for the choice of site and water supply (chs 7 ff.) ; stresses the multiple sources of supply and the diverse use of different grades of water, potable, subpotable, and waste; gives illuminating accounts of sites with reference to their springs, waterlines, and cisterns... and useful descriptions and illustrations of 'fittings' ... and generally points future excavators to neglected aspects of archaeology. * Journal of Hellenic Studies * Crouch's study raises stimulating questions for further research, indicates entirely new directions for established academic disciplines,and suggests useful procedures for modern cities facing problems of water supply and management. * Environmental Geology and Water Sciences * a broadly informed perspective upon the role of water in the development and integration of ancient Greek cities...The strengths of the book are in the areas of community and domestic water use. I am aware of no single volume that does a better job of breathing life and meaning into the management of water resources in antiquity...a throughly interesting book. * The Annals of The Association of American Geographers * The reader is introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of the work and has to get to know current geological ideas and terms ... Explanations are, however, given ... it emphasizes the breadth of research which is necessary for such a study ... The bibliography is full and wide-ranging ... The illustrations are informative. * The Classical Review *show more

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