List of aqueducts in the city of Rome
This page lists ancient Roman aqueducts in the city of Rome.
In order to meet the massive water needs of its huge population, the city of Rome itself was supplied with 11 aqueducts. Their combined capacity was capable of supplying at least 1,127,220 cubic meters (nearly 300 million gallons) of water to the city each day from the Apennine mountains serving a million citizens. Detailed statistics for the city's aqueducts were logged around 97 by Sextus Julius Frontinus, the curator aquarum (superintendent of the aqueducts) for Rome during the reign of Nerva. Less information is known about aqueducts built after Frontinus.
These estimates may not have considered water loss. Modern engineers questioning the validity of these figures measured Anio Novus limestone deposits to estimate the average wetted perimeter and surface roughness corresponding to only 2/3 of the flow figure given below.
|Name||Year begun||Year completed||Length
(m³ a day)
|Aqua Appia||312 BC||312 BC||16.561||30||20||0.06||73,000|
|Anio Vetus||272 BC||269 BC||63.64||280||48||0.36||175,929|
|Aqua Marcia||144 BC||140 BC||91.424||318||59||0.28||187,600|
|Aqua Tepula||125 BC||125 BC||17.745||151||61||0.51||17,800|
|Aqua Julia||33 BC||33 BC||21.677||350||64||1.32||48,240|
|Aqua Virgo||19 BC||19 BC||20.697||24||20||0.02||100,160|
|Aqua Alsietina||2 BC (disputed)||2 BC||32.815||209||17||0.59||15,680
|Aqua Claudia||38 AD||52 AD||68.681||320||67||0.37||184,280|
|Anio Novus||38 AD||52 AD||86.876||400||70||0.38||189,520|
|Aqua Traiana||109 AD||109 AD||32.500||-||-||-|
|Aqua Alexandrina||226 AD||226 AD||22||-||50||-||120.000 to 320.000|
- Sturgeon, Clair; Shidlauski, Kristina (2015). "Illinois team solves ancient Roman water supply mystery". CEE (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Fall 2015: 24.