Naevius Sutorius Macro's Wife
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
In order to gain favor with Caligula, who is the clear successor to Tiberius, Naevius turns a blind eye on his wife, Ennia Thrasylla, having an affair with Caligula. This gained him great favor with Caligula. However, this won't last for long...
Built to Last
Contributed by David Verne
Construction of the Nimes aqueduct begins this year. Nimes is a city of 60,000 in southern Gaul (modern France) and is in a difficult position to build an aqueduct for. A rough terrain of deep valleys forces Roman engineers to build in a large loop, and it will stretch 31 miles. The water source is only 56 ft higher than the catchment basin in the city, but this was enough to provide a steady flow of water. A portion of this aqueduct still stands today, the Pont du Gard. It is a bridge over the Gardon River and is 902 ft long (used to be 1,160 ft) and 160 ft high. It is constructed of 50,400 tons of limestone from a local quarry and some individual blocks weigh up to 6 tons. The blocks were individually cut at the quarry to fit without mortar using only friction. The aqueduct will take fifteen years to complete, and will provide an estimated 10.5 million gallons of water a day.