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Ancient Water Technologies

Edited By: Larry Mays

286 pages, illus


Hardback | Jun 2010 | #189623 | ISBN-13: 9789048186310
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There is no more fundamental resource than water. The basis of all life, water is fast becoming a key issue in today's world, as well as a source of conflict.

This book, sets out many of the ingenious methods by which ancient societies gathered, transported and stored water. It provides an overview of the water technologies developed by a number of ancient civilizations, from those of Mesopotamia and the Indus valley to later societies such as the Mycenaeans, Minoans, Persians, and the ancient Egyptians. It also discusses the engineering feats of the Romans and Greeks, and examines how ancient American societies from the Hohokams to the Mayans and Incas husbanded their water supplies.


1. A Brief History of Water Technology during Antiquity: Before the Romans Larry W. Mays 2. Water Technology in Ancient Mesopotamia Aldo Tamburrino 3.Water Technology in Ancient Egypt Larry W. Mays 4. Ancient Greek Lavatories: Operation with Reused Water Georgios P. Antoniou 5. Water Resource Management in Iran's Ancient Persepolis Complex Mahdi Moradi- Jalal, Siamak Arianfar, Bryan Karney and Andrew Colombo 6. A Web Based Information System for the Inspection of the Hydraulic Works in Ancient Greece Nikos Mamassis and Demetris Koutsoyiannis 7. A Brief History of Roman Water Technology Larry W. Mays 8. Analysis of the water system of the Roman city of Apamea Benoit Haut and Didier Viviers 9. Water Technology in the Ancient American Societies Larry W. Mays and Yuri Gorokhovich 10. Groundwater Resources and Earthquake Hazards: Ancient and Modern Perspectives Yuri Gorokhovich, and Lee Ullman 11. Lessons from the Ancients on Water Resources Sustainability Larry W. Mays

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About the Author: Larry W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D. WRE, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University, and former chair of the department. He was formerly Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, where he held an Engineering Foundation--endowed professorship. A registered professional engineer in several states, and a registered professional hydrologist, he has served as a consultant to many organizations. Professor Mays is the author of Water Resources Engineering (published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and Optimal Control of Hydrosystems (published by Marcel Dekker), and co-author of Applied Hydrology and Hydrosystems Engineering and Management (both from McGraw-Hill)and Groundwater Hydrology (published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc). He was editor-in-chief of Water Resources Handbook, Water Distribution Systems Handbook, Urban Water Supply Management Tools, Stormwater Collection Systems Design Handbook, Urban Water Supply Handbook, Urban Stormwater Management Tools, Hydraulic Design Handbook, and Water Supply Systems Security, and Water Resources Sustainability, all published by McGraw-Hill. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of Reliability Analysis of Water Distribution Systems and co-editor of Computer Methods of Free Surface and Pressurized Flow. Professor Mays' most recent book is Urban Water Management in Arid and Semi-arid Regions, published by Taylor and Francis. This book was the result of volunteer work for the United Nations UNESCO-IHP in Paris. Professor Mays has published extensively in refereed journal publications and papers in the proceedings of national and international conferences, many of which were invited papers, and many invited chapters in books that he did not author or edit. Among his honors is a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and he is a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineering of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Water Resources Association. Professor Mays lives in Mesa, Arizona and Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

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