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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ancient Roman Technology (ART) home page. This page includes links to;
What is Ancient Roman Technology?, Technology Handbook: an on-line guide to Roman technology, Links to other ancient technology sites on the web, Bibliography used in ART, Terminology used in ART and Gazetteer of places mentioned in ART.

"Many Romans visit the Thermae or the public baths, as we know them. They went to the baths for entertainment, healing in the case of some baths, or just to get clean. There were 170 baths in Rome during the reign of Augustus and by 300 A.D that number had increased to over 900 baths..."

Mass Bathing: The Roman BaInea and Thermae.

A Local Design In Late Antiquity.

"Nine Roman ships have been uncovered during construction at Pisa's San Rossore train station.." Site has images & maps. Click on the vessel on the map for more details! A total of 16 ships have been found in the area.

"The remains of 10 ships dating back to the twilight of the Roman Empire have been found off northeastern Sardinia near the port of Olbia..."Also refer to 10-01-2000

"Djemila is the modern name to ancient Cuicul, a military garrison, that was founded in the 1st century AD that should exploit and control the rich surrounding agricultural areas. The city has two forums, and a theatre, capacity of 3,000, that was put outside the city walls, simply because the terreain where the city is located was so limited. A baptistry and a basilica was added to Cuicul in the 4th century. There can have been as many as 20,000 people living here at the most, in the 3rd century. Cuicul was abandoned in the 5th century. Excavations began in 1909." -[Tore Kjeilen]-

Mr. Dowling's Roman Technology Page

"Some Roman acqueducts are still used today.The Romans used great public projects to make the city the most advanced of the ancient world, and to create the largest empire of the era. Many of the roads, bridges, and aqueducts of ancient Rome are still used today."

"The Romans built many roads throughout their empire. The roads made it easier to travel, move troops, and trade with faraway provinces. It also made it easier to collect taxes. Roman roads followed an exact design. The expression, “All Roads Lead To Rome” refers to the fact that Rome was the center of ancient civilization."

Roman Baths and Bathing
Barbara F. McManus, The College of New Rochelle

"After exercise, bathers would have the dirt and oil scraped from their bodies with a curved metal implement called a strigil. Then the bathing proper began. Accompanied by a slave carrying their towels, oil flasks and strigils, bathers would progress at a leisurely pace through rooms of various temperature. They might start in the warm room (tepidarium), which had heated walls and floors but sometimes had no pool, and then proceed to the hot bath (caldarium), which was closest to the furnace. This room had a large tub or small pool with very hot water and a waist-high fountain (labrum) with cool water to splash on the face and neck."

"Roman engineers devised an ingenious system of heating the baths—the hypocaust. The floor was raised off the ground by pillars and spaces were left inside the walls so that hot air from the furnace (praefurnium) could circulate through these open areas."

Roman Building Technology and Architecture University of California, Santa Barbara

A digitized slide (photo) sequence is developed in conjunction with the UCSB undergraduate course AH 152K - Survey of Roman Architecture, and aims to review a particular aspect of this course's curriculum. The area highlighted by this review is Roman technology and engineering in the service of architecture -- in particular the widely applied uses of Roman concrete technology.

Includes roman concrete, bridges, water supply systems, roman engineering projects, dams and urban waterways, roads and highways and terraces and substructures.

Sanitation in Ancient Rome From Wikipedia

Historians and archeologists have investigated Sanitation in ancient Rome for centuries. Rome had a complex sanitation system that worked much like modern ones, but the system and knowledge about it were largely lost during the Dark Ages.

A system of eleven aqueducts provided citizens of Rome with water of varying quality, the best being reserved for potable supplies. Lower quality water was used by everyone in the public baths and latrines much like an early form of modern toilets. Latrine systems have been found in many places, such as Housesteads, a Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall, in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and elsewhere that flushed waste away with a stream of water.