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Water: Social Responsibility and the Concept of Common Good in the Ancient City of Pompeii

Version 1 : Received: 12 July 2022 / Approved: 13 July 2022 / Online: 13 July 2022 (04:41:28 CEST)

How to cite: Rossi, A.; Gonizzi Barsanti, S. Water: Social Responsibility and the Concept of Common Good in the Ancient City of Pompeii. Preprints 2022, 2022070189 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0189.v1). Rossi, A.; Gonizzi Barsanti, S. Water: Social Responsibility and the Concept of Common Good in the Ancient City of Pompeii. Preprints 2022, 2022070189 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0189.v1).

Abstract

Pompeii was connected to the great Serino aqueduct under the principate of Augustus. From that moment on, water became not only a precious resource for the inhabitants but also their true social indicator. It is no coincidence, in fact, that the concentration of sumptuous dwellings is in Regio VI, the district closest to the aqueduct reservoir (castellum aquae in Latin) and the one most equipped with piezometric towers, the first of the network, the ones that would never leave the decorative fountains of the peristyles dry. From this observation follows the original possibility of considering the water network a factor that contributed to designating the morphology of urban neighbourhoods and blocks.

Keywords

water partitioning system; water towers; fountains; Pompeian Regiones

Subject

ARTS & HUMANITIES, Archaeology

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