Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook : Annotated Translations of Greek and Latin Texts and Documents

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In this volume the authors translate and annotate key passages from ancient authors to provide a history and an analysis of the origins and development of technology. Among the topics covered are:
* energy
* basic mechanical devices
* agriculture
* food processing and diet
* mining and metallurgy
* construction and hydraulic engineering
* household industry
* transport and trade
* military technology.
The sourcebook presents 150 ancient authors and a diverse range of literary genres, such as, the encyclopedic Natural Historiesof Pliny the Elder, the poetry of Homer and Hesiod, the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle and Lucretius and the agricultural treatise of Varro.
Humphrey, Oleson and Sherwood provide a comprehensive and accessible collection of rich and varied sources to illustrate and elucidate the beginnings of technology. Glossaries of technological terminology, indices of authors and subjects, introductions outlining the general significance of the evidence, notes to explain the specific details, and a recent bibliography make this volume a valuable research and teaching tool.uthors and subjects, introductions outlining the general significance of the evidence, notes to explain the specific details, and a recent bibliography make this volume a valuable research and teaching tool.

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List of Illustrations
9
Introduction
xv
The Rise of Humans and Human Technology
xxiv
Sources of Energy and Basic Mechanical Devices
23
B Basic Machines
46
Mechanical Gadgets
56
Agriculture
75
Food Processing
147
Household Crafts and Workshop Production
331
B WoodWorking
337
Textiles and Leather
346
Ceramics and Glass
371
E Applied Chemistry
380
F LargeScale Organized Production
390
B Navigation
442
Standards of Trade
484

Metallurgy
205
Construction Engineering
235
Hydraulic Engineering
285
RecordKeeping
513
Military Technology
541
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Over de auteur (1998)

John W. Humphrey is Head of Department of Greek, Latin and Ancient History at the University of Calgary, Canada.
John P. Oleson is Professor and Chair of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Andrew N. Sherwood is Assistant Professor at Concordia University and lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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