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ALBANUS PROJECT: INSIDE THE OLD EMISSARY

Original title: PROGETTO ALBANUS: DENTRO L'ANTICO EMISSARIO

Documentary | 2019 | Col | 53m


Summary

The Albano drain outlet is the most famous among the various ones found in the Alban Hills, and it is also the only one of which something is known through historic sources. According to Livy, it dates back to the beginning of the 4th century B.C., and the Oracle of Delphi, which declared that the city of Veii would not be conquered (by the Romans) unless the Lake Albano was prevented from overflowing its banks. Also Dionysius of Alicarnassus (I,66) mentions Livy’s text, but at the same time suggests that the drain may be older. The study by Piranesi, full of technical details and beautiful engravings, greatly contributed to its fame. The tunnel is 1,450 m long. At present the Albano drain is the object of a three-year program of speleological studies (Albanus Project), carried out by Hypogea Federation in cooperation with the Superintendence for the Archeological Heritage of Lazio and the Castelli Romani Park.


Director: D'alessandro Massimo
Type: Documentary
Year of completion: 2019
Country of origin: Italy
Production: HYPOGEA

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