Water Management in Ancient Greek Cities

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Oxford University Press, Jun 24, 1993 - Architecture - 400 pages
Focusing on the Mediterranean area where water management is crucial, this pioneering study is the first to show how the supply, distribution, and drainage of water contributed to the urbanization of ancient cities. Drawing from classical archaeology, the theory and history of urbanization, geology, and hydraulic engineering, Crouch examines water-system elements, including springs, fountains, wells, channels and drains, latrines, laundry, and dishwashing, as they relate to each other and to the physical, historical, and social bases of ancient Greek cities. Studying numerous sites including Pompeii, Pergamon, Athens, Samos, Delphi, and Corinth, she concludes that increased knowledge and skill in management of water contributed directly to the urbanization of the ancient Greek world. Illustrated with excellent photographs and line drawings, the discussions of supply, distribution, and drainage of water are organized topically, rather than chronologically or by site, offering an excellent example of the interdisciplinary approach. Crouch's study raises stimulating questions for further research, indicates entirely new directions for established academic disciplines, and suggests useful procedures for modern cities facing problems of water supply and management.
 

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Contents

Modern Questions About Ancient Water Control
17
Athens Paestum
43
Geography and Geology
58
A New Look at Olynthos
171
Morgantinas AgoraDesign and Drains
190
Akragas and Morgantina
201
Clusters of Water System Elements
219
Urban and House Form Constrained by Water Resources
237
The WellWatered Acropolis at Athens
255
Note on Testing the Water from
278
Profile of Individual Water User
309
Thoughts on the History of Greek Urbanization
337
Glossary
345
Index
367
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Dora P. Crouch is Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
June G. Johnson is Lecturer in the Department of Agriculture at El Camino Community College.

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