chapter  8
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Rome and the management of water: environment, culture and power

ByNICHOLAS PURCELL

Answer: when it is mythical. Land-forms are as much part of the mythos of self-construction and self-explanation as are ancestors. Rome was founded by a shepherd, the son of a god, a twin returned from a malign fate; it was also founded in a wilderness, and the wilderness was wet.