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L’empereur géomètre

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This chapter discusses the master of major hydraulic works or expression of the "imperial genius" in the Middle East. An inscription of Nicopolis shows the interest clothed in the reign of Tiberius water supply of the city: the Latin text written in the nominative indicates that Tiberius was in charge of this task supply through the construction of the Aqua Augusta. The region of Palmyra revealed impressive hydraulic structures such as Khar-baqa dam (Roman period) which could hold up to 5 million m3 of water. A significant portion of water supplied by aqueducts indeed officially belonged to Roman emperor. Archaeological and historical data show that outside of some neighborhood fountains, water aqueducts are regularly diverted to wealthy individuals. The chapter concludes that the hydraulic monuments were designed to demonstrate the presence of imperial power, especially in the heart of civic environment. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: imperial power; region of Palmyra; Roman emperor; Tiberius; water aqueducts



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