A narrative work beginning in medias res (Classical Latin: [ɪn ˈmɛdɪ.aːs ˈreːs], lit. "into the middle of things") opens in the midst of the plot (cf. ab ovo, ab initio).
These enabled the building of the many aqueducts throughout the Roman Empire, such as the Aqueduct of Segovia, the Pont du Gard, and the eleven aqueducts of Rome. The same concepts produced numerous bridges, some of which are still in daily use, for example the Puente Romano at Mérida in Spain, and the Pont Julien and the bridge at Vaison-la-Romaine , both in Provence, France.
Its influence continues to permeate independent music to this day (see Wikipedia on Dolewave) A 2009 tribute album to Chris Knox (who suffered a major stroke that year) included contributions from Will Oldham , The Mountain Goats , Yo La Tengo , Lou Barlow , A. C. Newman , Stephin Merritt , Jay Reatard , and Lambchop .