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Title: Vitrivius and the conveyance of water
Author(s): KESSENER, H. Paul M.
Volume: 76 Date: 2001
Vitrivius' treatise on water supply and aqueducts (De Architectura Libri Decem, Book VIII, chapter 6) has often been critcized as not being reliable, especially on the subject of inverted siphons. Numerous comments, by various authors, agree on this point. In this article Vitruvius' chapter on aqueducts and siphons will be discussed again, in view of the physics of gravity driven conveyance systems, leading to a different view.