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Ancient Rome

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Ancient Rome

Print Aqueducts Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.47

     challenging words:    sacked, brilliance, millennium, best, ever-changing, disposal, latter, conceive, invaders, lifeline, siphon, beginning, pumps, flush, imperial, terrain
     content words:    Roman Empire, River Tiber, Aqua Appia, Emperor Claudius, Aqua Claudia, Anio Novus, Emperor Severus Alexander, Aqua Alexandrina

By Vickie Chao

1     Every ruler wants to leave behind some legacies to be remembered by. This frame of mind has rung true since the beginning of time. Imagine if we were to rank all the civilizations that ever existed in history by the number of physical structures they had put up. The winner would most likely be ancient Rome.
2     For nearly a millennium, Rome was at the top of the world. It commanded a vast territory that spilled across three continents -- Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the height of its power, the Roman Empire constructed many buildings. Those buildings used technology far more advanced than what was available then. In fact, even in today's environment where we have all sorts of gadgets at our disposal, we still scratch our heads and wonder aloud, "How did the Romans do it?"
3     As a tribute to the Romans' engineering achievements, here is the story behind the empire's lifeline -- aqueducts.

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