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Engineering the Eternal City: Infrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome

Pamela O. Long

Abstract

Between the catastrophic flood of the Tiber River in 1557 and the death of the “engineering pope” Sixtus V in 1590, the city of Rome was transformed by intense activity involving building construction and engineering projects of all kinds. Engineering the Eternal City explores the processes and people involved in these infrastructure projects—sewers, bridge repair, flood prevention, aqueduct construction, the building of new, straight streets, and the relocation of immensely heavy ancient Egyptian obelisks that Roman emperors had carried to the city centuries before. This portrait of late sixt ... More

Keywords: Rome, infrastructure, engineering, flood control, maps, obelisks, aqueducts, streets, Tiber River, sewers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226543796
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226591315.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela O. Long, author