ROMAN SEGOVIA

Segovia is universally known thanks to its Roman aqueduct, possibly the main landmark of the town. However, Roman presence in the town goes way back the 2nd century CE, the time of construction of the aqueduct.

The Roman conquest took place approx. in year 96 BCE, during the military campaign of consul Titus Didius and after a relatively short period of time, the town became a Latin law municipality with Tiberius (early 1st century CE) or with the Flavian dynasty (second half of the 1st century CE).

It is widely believed that the 2nd century CE is the time when Roman Segovia reached its most influential time in the history of its Romanisation, thanks to its privileged location right in the middle of the peninsula, very close to the mountains and in the mayor pathway between the east and west of the country and so the enormous potential for commercial transactions as well as an important cereal production and the open ranges. Political stability was guaranteed through the solidity of the state and the strength of its administration.

The construction of the aqueduct was necessary due to the problematic of bringing fresh water into town from the mountains, considering that the old town was established in the rock. We do not have any information whether funding was public, private or both, we do not even know whether the emperor himself contributed with some funding; likewise construction time has been estimated at no less than 10 years.

At the time, population must have been around 5,000 people and the monumental grandeur of the aqueduct must have been matched by that of other public works in the town centre.

Sadly we have very little information about Roman town but we include a photo of a recreation made by Casals that hopefully will be interesting to you. Enjoy!

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