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The history of aqueducts in Ancient Rome is very interesting. Mostly because they were built so long ago without many materials we use today. They are like wonders to the world! Aqueducts get the water safely to the people. The Aqua Claudia’s impact proves this aqueducts true gratefulness. Although the Aqua Claudia was poorly built and broke down very easily. But, the Great Hadrian even took time away from him just to help fix this aqueduct, so that must mean it is important.

The history of aqueducts and The Aqua Claudia is very interesting. Basically the start of the aqueducts was in started in 38 A.D. in Rome. Aqueducts are big waterways, and the Romans were famous for waterways. The Roman aqueducts or waterways gave Romans a water supply. They made towns and people have water. Rome's waterways were always wonders to the world. The history of The Aqua Claudia is very similar to the history of aqueducts. Shortly after The Aqua Claudia was built, Nero built a branch to it. The branch's name was Arcus Neroniani.The Aqua Claudia supplies 20% of all of Rome’s water.

        The Aqua Claudia had a huge impact on Rome. The Romans even practiced using an aqueduct so, they could use it properly. The Aqua Claudia begun in A.D. 38 by none-other than Caligula. It took fourteen years to build. The Aqua Claudia was finished in A.D. 52 by Claudius himself. Aqua Claudia got its water from the Albudinus spring (You can read more on The Albudinus Spring in the 3rd paragraph). Before construction everyone practiced using an aqueduct, so everyone could use it properly. Caligula made people build this amazing structure mostly because the other aqueducts were very busy. The Aqua Claudia seems to be one of the most impressive and unique aqueducts. There were also many repairs to this aqueduct; all good. Nero built Arcus Neroniani. Arcus Neroniani is one of Aqua Claudia's branches. Domitian also added a branch to the Aqua Claudia. The Aqua Claudia was 69 km long and delivered 48871.83 gallons per day. The Aqua Claudia supplies 20% of Rome's water! Romans thought that the aqueduct would break after 8 years. The cost to build the Aqua Claudia was really low. The exact cost of this aqueduct is not known, but paintings show that it was cheap!

        The arcutertechure of this aqueduct, the Aqua Claudia is very unique. It start of the aqueduct or the source is in the Anio Valley. The actual building of the Aqua Claudia is very interesting. The source of the Aqua Claudia is some water springs in the Anio Valley. The water springs were Caerules and Curtius. Caerules and Curtius were the only two springs at first, but they were taken over by the Albudinus spring. The cource of the Aqua Claudia still, again starts at Anio Valley.The Aqua Claudia went along the banks on Anio underground. It then went up the Marcia. The Aqua Claudia used to be on the left bank of Anio, over Vicovaro, but is now on the right side. Then the Aqua Claudia emerges from the ground, right near the Capannelle. It then soon crosses the Romavecchia. It then enters Rome near the Spes Vetus.The Aqua Claudia then crossed Via Prenestina and Labicana on Porta Maggiore. There were also many repairs. Vespasian and Titus fixed the up aqueduct. Hadrian also rebuilt the Aqua Claudia. There is some proof that Hadrian rebuilt the Aqua Claudia. Proof that Hadrian rebuilt the Aqua Claudia was that there were some old brick stamps that were found in Rome. The bad material and horrible construction tell why Aqua Claudia broke. That does not tell us why the repairs took so long. In the A.D. 60’s  some key events happened that could be clues of to how and or why the Aqua Claudia broke down and took so long to rebuild or fix. First there was a big earthquake, which was in southern Italy, on the same date of 5th February 62 A.D. this is the exact same date as when the Aqua Claudia broke down and needed repair. People think that this storm caused damage to the Aqua Claudia, which made it need repairing. The storm caused lots of damage to lots of towns. 200 ships got destroyed in the same year by a tsunami and 100 more ships get destroyed by a fire upstream near the source of the aqueduct. Another storm destroyed corn, which led to shortage of food. This might explain why it took so long to rebuild. The fire although, did not damage the aqueduct.

In Ancient Rome, aqueducts changed the lives of many people by transporting water to people. The history of aqueducts in Ancient Rome is very interesting. Mostly because they were built so long ago without many materials we use today. They are like wonders to the world! Aqueducts get the water safely to the people. The Aqua Claudia’s impact proves this aqueducts true gratefulness. Although the Aqua Claudia was poorly built and broke down very easily. But, the Great Hadrian even took time away from him just to help fix this aqueduct, so that must mean it is important.

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