Aqueducts are a fascinating study, especially the ancient aqueducts that dot the landscape all over the former Roman Empire. You find their remains everywhere— in mountains, on beaches, down valleys, on top of hills, in flat plains, in rolling hills, near towns, and out in the country. They are ubiquitous. The two pictures you see above are mine, taken at the remains of the enormous aqueduct behind the famous theater in Aspendos in Turkey.
My pastor told a true story the other day in church which was about aqueducts. There was an aqueduct that had been carrying water for 1800 years, from Roman times until the present. Then at some point in the 19th century the locals decided to ‘retire’ the aqueduct, and put pipes in the ground for the transportation of water. The water supply ceased to flow across the aqueduct. What happened? Well the aqueduct which had served a vital function for almost two millenia dried out, dried up, and began to crumble. The result was not the preservation or mere retirement of the aqueduct (for the people had planned to preserve it for historical purposes) but rather the demise of the aqueduct. It feel apart, and crumbled into dust bit by bit. When something ceases to function as it was intended to function, it rusts, or falls into ruin.