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Engineering the Eternal CityInfrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome$
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Pamela O. Long

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226543796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226591315.001.0001

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The Streets and Sewers of Rome

The Streets and Sewers of Rome

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Engineering the Eternal City

Pamela O. Long

University of Chicago Press

This chapter concerns the streets and sewers of fifteenth and sixteenth century Rome. It traces two centuries of papal bulls concerning the masters of the streets and their responsibilities, including street cleaning. It discusses the laws which allowed property owners to force their neighbors to sell their property to them for their own palace expansion. It itemizes the functioning sewers in the late sixteenth century and provides a history of one of them, the Chiavica di San Silvestro. It argues that sanitation issues in Rome were characteristic of early modern rather than modern cities and that sanitation efforts failed as a whole for structural reasons.

Keywords:   masters of the streets, sewage, street cleaning, Roman property laws, Chiavica di San Silvestro, Pope Pius IV, Pope Gregory XIII, Pope Sixtus V, Roman streets, Marc Antonio Bardo

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