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Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.
Lucius Verus was the co-emperor of Marcus Aurelius, and married his daughter Lucilla. Although held in high esteem by Marcus, he had a reputation for loose living and few mourned his death in 169 A.D.
|Ancient Arados, surrounded by massive walls on an island about 800 m long by 500 m wide, about 50 kmof Tripolis, was an important trading city with an artificial harbor on the east toward the mainland. A walled island provides great security, but the lack of water on Arados was a serious challenge. Strabo recounts that Phoenicians collected rainwater and channeled it into cisterns, and that they shipped containers of fresh water from the mainland. Perhaps the most resourceful solution came from the fortuitous discovery—probably by sponge and coral divers—of an undersea freshwater , not far from the island in the channel between Arwad and the mainland. This , says Strabo, was exploited as a last resort when war or other crises interrupted water supplies from the mainland: "...into this the people let down from the water-fetching boat an inverted, wide-mouthed funnel made of lead, the upper of which contracts into a stem with a moderate-sized hole through it; and round this stem they fasten a leathern (unless I should call it bellows), which receives the water that is forced up from the through the funnel. Now the first water that is forced up is sea-water, but the boatmen wait for the flow of pure and potable water and catch all that is needed in vessels prepared for the purpose and carry it to the city."|