Monday 3 May
10 AM PDT
1 PM EDT
6 PM BST
7 PM CEST
With James Colledge and a foreword by Dr. Eireann Marshall
While the Pont de Gard remains one of the most photogenic and well known segments of any Roman aqueduct, the rest of the structure carrying water to Nimes is less discussed, though in many ways as interesting. There are currently over 7 kilometres of visible traces of the original aqueduct of 50 kilometres – of which the Pont du Gard is a mere 245 metres. This virtual tour, based on original photos and footage taken by James Colledge over the last three years, tracks the progress of the aqueduct through this sometimes challenging terrain, from its source in Uzès to its point of distribution in Nîmes. The famous sites sit in public parks or on established walks and are clearly marked; the majority simply exist, waiting for an audience, unprotected and as accessible as one’s tolerance of thorns, brambles, mosquitoes and unintended descents into hidden depressions allows.
In addition to exploring the course of this aqueduct, we will be considering the colossal engineering behind the construction of structures such as this. We will be examining questions such as how Romans were able to calculate exact gradients over such vast distances.