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CLIP 5267

Roman innovations for urban living

Roman innovations for urban living
Key Info
  • Roman innovations for urban living
  • Duration: 01:12
  • An examination of clean water and sewage disposal in Roman cities. How did the Romans find solutions to disease-causing problems such as sewage and dirty water? We see how fresh water was piped to public fountains through lead pipes. Standing by the remains of a Roman villa the presenter explains that although these innovations were brought to Britain, the way the general population lived was unaffected during and after the Roman occupation. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Romans: Roman Life

  • Keywords: sanitation, Romans, city, water systems, urban living, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful as a stimulus for discussion on how advanced the Romans were in their consideration of public, health as compared with present day and other time periods. Can also be used as an opening to an investigation on Roman innovation and technology. To demonstrate how archaeological evidence from one site (Pompeii) is used to build up a picture of how people lived in Britain.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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