Ancient Water Technologies

Editors: Mays, L. (Ed.)

  • Presents a universal picture of water technologies of ancient civilizations
  • Could offer solutions to the impending crisis in our current water supply
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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 fascinating book, which sets out many of the ingenious methods by which ancient societies gathered, transported and stored water, is a timely publication as overextraction and profligacy threaten the existence of aquifers and watercourses that have supplied our needs for millennia.

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. Of course, no book on ancient water technologies would be complete without discussing the engineering feats of the Romans and Greeks, yet as well as covering these key civilizations, it also examines how ancient American societies from the Hohokams to the Mayans and Incas husbanded their water supplies. This unusually wide-ranging text could offer today’s parched world some solutions to the impending crisis in our water supply.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • A Brief History of Water Technology During Antiquity: Before the Romans

    Mays, Larry W.

    Pages 1-28

  • Water Technology in Ancient Mesopotamia

    Tamburrino, Aldo

    Pages 29-51

  • Water Technology in Ancient Egypt

    Mays, Larry W.

    Pages 53-65

  • Ancient Greek Lavatories: Operation with Reused Water

    Antoniou, Georgios P.

    Pages 67-86

  • Water Resource Management for Iran’s Persepolis Complex

    Moradi-Jalal, Mahdi (et al.)

    Pages 87-102

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9336-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ancient Water Technologies
Editors
  • L. Mays
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8632-7
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8632-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8631-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9336-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 280
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