As I continue looking into the transfer of water and the Roman’s invention of the aqueduct I have come across one specific aqueduct that really sparked my interest. The Aqua Alexandrina was one of the last aqueducts built during ancient Roman times and was built between 208 and 235 AD by Alexander Severus.
One of the main reasons this aqueduct strikes me the most is not because it was the longest total length, but that 10 of its total 14 miles were built on arches. As you can see from this picture, even finding enough stone to build an aqueduct that is that high for 10 miles is quite an accomplishment itself. On top of this though they carved into it beautifully refined arches that show the true beauty of Roman architecture.
Another interesting fact about this aqueduct was that it was not only used for collecting water for the people living in the city. Flavius Belisarius used this aqueduct as a tactic in war. Because the aqueduct ran straight into Naples, Belisarius used this to his advantage by sneaking troops into the aqueduct for a surprise attack that ended up in him taking over the city. This happened in the late 500s when which the aqueduct was not currently flowing with water so that the troops could easily walk down the empty aqueduct.