Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Cloaca Maxima

Those Classical scholars among you will know that 'Cloaca'  means 'drain' or 'sewer' in Latin. The Cloaca Maxima was the main sewer for ancient Rome, constructed in 600BC, and is still in operation today. I've drawn the main outfall into the Tiber River, near the church of Saint Giorgio al Velabro, which is where the miscellaneous garbage that was thrown into the Cloaca ended up. In this case the body of Saint Sebastian (  executed in 288AD)