1:5 scale reconstruction
Dimensions: Height 175 cm, length 240 cm, depth 98 cm
Setting: Rome, Museo della Civiltà Romana

Water Wheel, working model

The vertical paddle-wheel was partially immersed in water and operated by the current. It was one of the hydraulic machines analysed by Vitruvius. This fundamental device was used until fairly recently, and was used to power various types of machines, especially mills.