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Stratagems and The Aqueducts of Rome

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Sextus Julius Frontinus's "Stratagems and The Aqueducts of Rome" is a fascinating exploration of ancient Roman military tactics and engineering achievements. Frontinus, a Roman general and administrator, provides detailed accounts of various stratagems used by Roman commanders in battle, as well as the intricate system of aqueducts that supplied water to the city of Rome.

Frontinus's writing is clear and concise, making complex military maneuvers and hydraulic engineering concepts accessible to readers of all levels of expertise. His firsthand knowledge of Roman military campaigns and administrative duties lends credibility to his account, bringing the ancient world to life for modern readers.

While some of the technical details may be challenging for readers unfamiliar with Roman history or military terminology, Frontinus's engaging style and vivid descriptions help to make the text engaging and informative. Overall, "Stratagems and The Aqueducts of Rome" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in ancient Roman history, military strategy, or civil engineering.

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Frontinus' Stratagems is a collection of examples of military stratagems from Greek and Roman history, which the author comments based on his own experience as a general in Germania. Many of the stories he tells can also be found in other Roman authors like Valerius Maximus and Livy. His most famous work however is De aquaeductu, The Aqueducts of Rome, an official report to the emperor on the state of the aqueducts of Rome, in two books. It presents a history and description of all the nine aqueducts that provided the water-supply of Rome in the first century, as well as information about the laws relating to its use and maintenance, and the quality of water delivered by each.


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