Roman Aqueducts Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 A Surprising Invention
  • 0:21 What Are Aqueducts?
  • 1:14 Why Were Aqueducts Built?
  • 1:36 Where & When Were They Built?
  • 2:20 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Elizabeth Diehl

Elizabeth studied to be a special education teacher at Regis University, and received her masters in 2014.

What do water slides and baths have to do with ancient Romans? In this lesson we will learn what an aqueduct is and why they were so important to the Romans.

A Surprising Invention

People everywhere need water. If you could take a trip to ancient Rome, you might be surprised to find they had lots of fresh water, sort of like how we have water in our pipes in houses.

The Romans came up with an original solution to supplying fresh water to their cities. They brought the water into the cities with aqueducts.

What Are Aqueducts?

Aqueducts were long, elaborate stone waterways that delivered fresh water to cities. Aqueducts are sort of like really long waterslides, but made for only water. The water would flow on top of the aqueduct, and when it got to the city it would flow into a castellum, or holding tank. Then the Romans could send it to where it needed to go in the city.

When Romans built cities, they would look for nearby sources of water. Lakes and rivers got dirty very quickly, and were not good for big cities. The Romans would look for fresh sources of water and then build aqueducts that would take the water to the city.

The Romans built aqueducts to follow the slope of the land so that the water would not go through the aqueduct too fast. If it went through too fast, it might spill out or make a mess.

They also learned that they could build their aqueducts to be very tall, and it would be harder for the water to get dirty as it traveled to the city. Romans used arches to make aqueducts sturdy and tall.

Why Were Aqueducts Built?

The Romans believed that clean water was an important part of living in a city. Romans needed lots of fresh water for their bath houses; they loved to take baths and it was considered an important part of being Roman for people to go to bathhouses often. It took a lot of water to fill all those baths!

They also needed water for the same reasons that we like having water: for washing clothes, to drink, and to cook with.

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