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August 13 2013

Lessons can be learned from ancient Rome's mastery of water


Once all roads led to Rome, the law of the known world was meted out as Lex Romanum, and the peace of the world was maintained by Roman Legions parading Pax Romanum. But, it's also true that the Romans were the first genuine masters of water. I'm holding in my hands a musty old book translated and published scarcely 40 years ago, written in Latin, close to 2,000 years ago. It's basically an autobiography of Rome's most famous water commissioner, Sextus Julius Frontinus. It's impossible to pursue water literacy without continually running into Roman sounding names like, Bernoulli, Venturi, and Vetruvius.

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