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Old Jun 29, 2007, 02:00 PM   #16
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John,

I turn to you for this. I saw a special on how some build up in the pipes saved the Romans from epidemic? There were many lead pipes in Ancient Rome.

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 05:57 PM   #17
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Richard,

Do you know if there are some CILs available online?

Jérôme
The whole thing used to be available here: http://www.archeologhia.com

but they've redesigned the web page and it seems dead (click: 'Fonti online' ('Online Sources')). Maybe it only works with the latest Windoze IE. Nothing I have works (four different Mac browsers). It used to be that if I put a line from any CIL inscription into Google it would turn up the page from this site, but I get nothing now, which suggests that the whole thing is in fact down.

Short of that, you'll have to head to your nearest university library.

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John,

I turn to you for this. I saw a special on how some build up in the pipes saved the Romans from epidemic? There were many lead pipes in Ancient Rome.

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Joe
Joe,

I assume that epidemic in this case refer to the potential for leaching of lead from the pipes and the possibility for lead poisoning. The limestone build-up makes a good protective barrier (extremely hard and difficult to remove) that would prevent leaching of the lead into the water. That being said you would only get substantial leaching with acidic or slightly acidic water (rain water tends to be slightly acidic). Scale build-up is due to the presence of carbonate in the water (this makes the water slightly alkaline) and lead ions are precipitated out of the water very easily when carbonates are present.

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Old Jun 30, 2007, 12:24 AM   #19
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