Constantinople, which grew out of the ancient settlement of Byzantium and is today the mega-city of Istanbul, was a great Roman city with a water supply to match which exceeded the achievements of its older Western counterpart, Rome. This water supply consisted of an aqueduct system of more than 560 km in length bringing water from the Thracian hinterland, and a network of more than 200 cisterns within the city itself. Construction of this monumental infrastructure commenced in the second century and supplied water to the city’s inhabitants for well over 1000 years. In this chapter we will consider this water infrastructure through more modern sustainability framings to understand its success, and to enable deep contextual understanding of the sustainability of the water supply of large urban populations. We present this both as a case study of sustainable urban water supplies and as a historical narrative.
|Title of host publication||Sustainable Water Engineering|
|Editors||Susanne Charlesworth, Colin A. Booth, Kemi Adeyeye|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Dec 2020|