Photography by Joseph Yarbrough
Light & Shadows Photography
East Lansing, Michigan
©2015 The Blond
Photograph by Joseph Yarbrough
In 2006 we were in Rome for two days and two nights. Our hotel was the Visconti Palace Hotel literally a block or so from the Fiume Tevere. Over the course of several days we had time to stroll over by the river. I was very impressed with the embankment walls and the neck breaking distance down to the very wide asphalt that snaked along the river. Returning in 2015 I reentered my curiosity concerning these impressive strutures. I wondered how the Romans had managed to sink the river or raise the banks to address the problem of many meters of blond water that graced their streets over the millennia. Not until the 1870s did the nascent Italian government get going on the issue. Although various ancients had made attempts, had thoughts, and did some digging; it was not until this much later date that the river disappeared except for the sycamore trees, lungoteveri, and pontes. I did find the “Tiber River - Destroying and Invigorating the City for Millennia” by Ann Albright. This interesting article delves into the many floods over the centuries with resulting benefits and problems. It really never gets to the who, why & how the retaining walls got built. I suspect there is some tome not in Italian or Latin that reveals the trials and difficulties of such a task, but I did not come upon it during the limited scope of this inquiry. I do admire the Fiume Tiber embankment muraglioni walls in their height, the long steps down the eleven meters to the asphalt, and sheer physical effort it must have taken from 1875 to 1926 to build their reach.
©2015 Joseph Yarbrough narrative description: The Blond
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