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The Oxford handbook of engineering and technology in the classical world

Author: John Peter Oleson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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The subject matter of the book is the technological framework of the Greek and Roman cultures from ca. 800 B.C. through ca. A.D. 500 in the circum-Mediterranean world and Northern Europe. Each chapter discusses a technology or family of technologies from an analytical rather than descriptive point of view, providing a critical summation of our present knowledge of the Greek and Roman accomplishments in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
History
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Peter Oleson
ISBN: 9780199734856 0199734852
OCLC Number: 551550091
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: xviii, 865 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Ancient written sources for engineering and technology --
Chapter 2: Representations of technical processes --
Ch. 3: Historiography and theoretical approaches --
Primary, extractive technologies --
Ch. 4: Mining and metallurgy --
Ch. 5: Quarrying and stoneworking --
Ch. 6: Sources of energy and exploitation of power --
Ch. 7: Greek and Roman agriculture --
Ch. 8: Animal husbandry, hunting, and fishing and fish production --
Engineering and complex machines --
Ch. 9: Greek rngineering and construction --
Ch. 10: Roman rngineering and construction --
Ch. 11: Hydraulic rngineering and water supply --
Ch. 12: Tunnels and canals --
Ch. 13: Machines in Greek and Roman technology --
Secondary processes and manufacturing --
Ch. 14: Food processing and preparation --
Ch. 15: Large-scale manufacturing, standardization, and trade --
Ch. 16: Metalworking and tools --
Ch. 17: Woodworking --
Ch. 18: Textile production --
Ch. 19: Tanning and leather --
Ch. 20 Ceramic production --
Ch. 21: Glass production --
technologies of movement and transport --
Ch. 22: Land transport, Part 1: Roads and bridges --
Ch. 23: Land transport, Part 2: Riding, harnesses, and vehicles --
Ch. 24: Sea transport, Part 1: Ships and navigation --
Ch. 25: Sea transport, Part 2: Harbors --
Technologies of death --
Ch. 26: Greek warfare and fortification --
Ch. 27: Roman warfare and fortification --
Technologies of the mind --
Ch. 28: Information technologies: Writing, book production, and the role of literacy --
Ch. 29: Timekeeping --
Ch. 30: Technologies of calculation --
Part 1: Weights and measures --
Part 2: Coinage --
Part 3: Practical mathematics --
Ch. 31: Gadgets and scientific instruments --
Ch. 32: Inventors, invention and attitudes toward innovation --
Ancient technologies in the modern world --
Ch. 33: Expanding ethnoarchaeology: historical evidence and model-building in the study of technological change.
Other Titles: Engineering and technology in the classical world
Responsibility: edited by John Peter Oleson.

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Nearly every aspect of daily life in the Mediterranean world and Europe during the florescence of the Greek and Roman cultures is relevant to the topics of engineering and technology. This volume  Read more...

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