On the Methods Used by the Ancient Romans for Extinguishing Conflagrations (Google eBook)

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W. Pollard, 1884 - Fire extinction - 15 pages
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Page 3 - Commentary on the Civil War," speaks of these cloths being used as a protection for the walls of a wooden and brick tower against the darts shots by a machine;4 and in another place he tells us that his soldiers improvised for themselves out of these cloths garments and shields, or coverlets, as a protection against the rain of arrows from the enemy.5 Hence Bticheler, in the " Eheinisches Museum für Philologie
Page 4 - Fire-Brigades, whose names have been left recorded on some marble blocks discovered in 1820 at one of their stations on Monte Celio, are certain Siponarii and Aquarii. The former, we can only conjecture, made use of the pumps, or directed the hose which threw water on the buildings that were on fire. These were probably helped by the Aquarii, who kept the Siponarii supplied with water. If the Siponarii, who were so-called from the use of the sipho, really employed what we in modern language understand...
Page 11 - But we cannot but bear in mind, that this province in particular, especially in the towns, has been caused some trouble by the factious spirit hence engendered .... Let it therefore be enough for you in this case to provide those things...
Page 10 - ... over the inhabitants, and if he found any careless in the use of fire, he was to give them a severe reprimand, and even administer chastisement with the rod. Moreover they were to warn all householders lest any danger of fire should arise through their negligence, and that each one should have a supply of water in his dining-room (coenaculum).1 An institution like that of the Eoman...
Page 13 - Romans carried out any organization they undertook. The mention of the four medici on the dedicatory marble pedestal discovered in 1820 is not the only record of this interesting circumstance. Gruter, in his Inscriptions, records other instances, in which the medici of the VIGILES are mentioned, at page 128, 5 ; and p. 293...
Page 7 - Satyricon, where he narrates that as the Roman Firemen were passing near the house of Trimachio, and heard an unusual noise, says they immediately rushed on the scene with buckets of water and axes, and busily began to break down the gate : Vigiles qui custodiebant vicinam regionem rati ardere Trimalchionis domum effregerunt januam subito et cum AQUA SECURIBUSQUE tumultuari suo jure cceperunt. some coarse vegetable material, perhnpg. mere? nc grabato quidcm spartcoa funi" Sapped are the timbers of...
Page 10 - Cirta, Turuza, where their existence has been indicated to us by a record so scant and accidental, that, in the case of the two lastmentioned, the evidence in hand does scarcely more than point to a probability. That the streets of the Jewish cities were patrolled at night by watchmen, we may gather from the words of the Beloved in the Song of Solomon, " The watchmen, who guard the city, found me.
Page 8 - ... metropolitan fire-brigade. But what was the Emituliarius ? This new word was taken to De Vit, the learned lexicographer, who has spent the whole of his long life in the preparation of the largest Latin dictionary in existence, which it took him more than twenty years to carry through the press. After due examination he pronounced the word as a derivative from amus and tulo, just as opitulo is derived from opem and tulo. How amus or hamiis could take the form of emi, was not difficult to show....
Page 7 - NATI OMNIA TUTA SALVO EMITVLIARlO FELICITER. It will be observed that these two inscriptions give us the names of two officials of the VIGILES, the Sebaciarius 1 The result of his discoveries was recordi storici segnati a graffito...
Page 13 - Tribuni — one exempted fiviu ordinary duties, or designed for promotion by favour of the Tribune.1 5. Tesserarius Centurionis — he who receives and distributes the watch-word from the Centurion. 6. Optio Centurionis — a lieutenant or assistant of the Centurion. 7. Vexillarius — standard-bearer or ensign. 8. Optio Balnearii — deputy-keeper of the baths. 9. Beneficiarius Subpraefecti — exempted by favour of the Subprefect.

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