Found project: Valens Aqueduct


    Project : Valens Aqueduct

    Language variant : Bozdoğan Kemeri

    Architect : n/a

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

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    “The construction of public works and architectural showpieces had been an important duty for all emperors since the time of Augustus. Indeed, fourth-century emperors as much as their predecessors actively sought the glory associated with public architecture. Thus it is no surprise that the Panegyrici Latini resound with praise for imperial building projects, and fourth-century epitomators were always keen to catalogue the architectural feats of admirable emperors to serve as exampla for the present generation. Ancient authors agree that Valentinian, Valens, and Gratian gladly lived up to this expectation with extensive building projects of their own. And, like their predecessors, the Valentiniani were themselves regaled with praise for their projects in panegyrics. Perhaps most striking among these is Themistius’s eleventh oration, where the rhetor hails Valens as true founder of Constantinople because of his completion of the aqueduct (the longest known in the Roman world) and imperial baths there. Both of these structures initiated under the Constantinians, leading Themistius to argue that the baths, which had already been named after Constantine, might more appropriately be renamed for Valens himself. After all, Valens did affix his name to the aqueduct, several of whose imposing arcades still stand in Istanbul.”

    Noel Lenski, Failure of empire: Valens and the Roman state in the fourth century AD, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2002, p. 393.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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