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Birth of Rome

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Aqueducts brought water to Romans with a 310 mile network. A resident of modern London might expect to consume between 40 to 60 gallons of water a day. By some estimates, in the early 3rd century every person in ancient Rome has access to nearly 300 gallons. Before the aqueducts, the Tiber river was the water source of Rome, but it became polluted with and was choked with garbage human waste even bodies.

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Over centuries, the Romans transformed a swamp on the banks of the Tiber into a settlement, then a city of brick and ultimately the gleaming marble core of the ancient world's greatest empire. Journey through massive Roman tunnels and trace the city's architectural and engineering evolution, including tombs, temples, monuments and aqueducts. See how the Romans converted an uninhabitable region into the home of some of the most impressive monumental architecture the world has ever seen.

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