OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Influence of the Romans in Merida Spain:The Aqueducts.

TitleThe Influence of the Romans in Merida Spain:The Aqueducts.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMcKenzie, Jasmine
Academic DepartmentHistory
Thesis AdvisorFerngren, Dr. Gary
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in History
Number of Pages26
Date Published02/2008
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsaqueducts, architecture, history, Roman influence, Spain, water
Abstract

The goal of my thesis is to examine and analyze the influence and importance of
the Roman aqueducts in Merida, Spain. Throughout the history of the world there has
been an ever-evolving spectrum of power and influence. Although we can date the city's
origin to prehistoric time Merida truly became a world center after the conquest by the
Romans. The introduction of engineering, concrete, and the arch created a city
representative of the ancient world.
Merida stands as a Spanish city in which considerable Roman artifacts still lie
visible today. 'The rationale for this study comes from the immense influence of the
Romans on the ancient world, as well as on the one in which we live today. By exploring
scholarly articles, books, and pursuing historical analysis I was able to conclude that
Merida was a microcosm of Roman influence. By examining the architecture, specifically
The aqueducts, we can see that the Romans provided the source for urban living. They
gave their people an active water supply and thus a way in which to survive and thrive.
What made the Romans unique was their ability to provide this basic necessity
thousands of years ago. In Merida two main aqueducts supplied the city with water from
sources miles away. The ability to bring water to a site over many miles in the ancient
world is an astounding feat of engineering. The conclusion reached in this thesis is that
the aqueducts were a prime contributor to the success of Merida.