If Rome Never Fell Essay

2889 Words Oct 9th, 2012 12 Pages
In popular culture and many history books Rome is portrayed as the pinnacle of culture before our modern times. Roman achievements such as aqueducts, thermal spas, roads, and the use of concrete are often highlighted to show how advanced technologically Rome was. Think of the film Gladiator and its depiction of the advanced coliseum. But imagine if Rome had never fallen. Would modern society be more advanced today? Quite the contrary would be true. It is actually medieval technology and society that progressed more rapidly than that of Rome, and if it weren’t for the fall of Rome, technology would have advanced much more slowly. According to ancient Roman legend, Romulus founded the city of Rome in 753 BC. Around this time a small group …show more content…
Arguably Rome’s largest claim to fame in technology is the aqueduct and use of water through out the empire. Rome’s earliest aqueduct began building in 272 BC. After the completion of this aqueduct, Rome added six more systems which transported water through troughs atop of aqueducts. This source of water was not confined to Rome but rather supplied clean water to cities throughout the entire empire. Water was gradually led downhill and was regularly covered to reduce contamination and evaporation. Water was used in cities to sanitize public and private toilets and baths, for fountains in public places, and for irrigation in gardens owned by the government. Based off of archaeological discoveries, nobles had priority over water in some places, and in other locations pipes were arranged to ensure equal distribution to public and private facilities (Aqueducts). This abundance of clean water contributed greatly to helping the sanitation of the city and health of the citizens. Romans are said to have consumed more water than modern societies. The operation of aqueducts was maintained by public taxations, some of which was acquired from water bills and costs to buy water pipes from the city for private homes (Connolly). The last of the few Roman inventions was concrete mortar. Early Roman buildings were made of brick, wood, clay, or

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