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Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook : Annotated Translations of Greek and Latin Texts and Documents - John W. Humphrey

Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook

Annotated Translations of Greek and Latin Texts and Documents

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Published: 27th November 1997
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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 Histories of 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.

...providing a wide range of the literary sources for ancient technology....

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Society and Technology in Antiquity
The Literary Sources on Ancient Technology
Archaeology as a source for the History of Ancient Technology
Glossary of Weights, Measures, and Coinage
The Rise of Humans and Human Technology
The sources of Energy and Basic Mechanical Devices: A. Sources of Energy
Basic Machines, C. Mechanical Gadgets
Agriculture
Food Processing
Mining and Quarrying
Metallurgy
Construction Engineering
Hydraulic Engineering
Household Industry and Factory Production
Metal-Working
Wood-Working
Textiles and Leather
Ceramics and Glass
Applied Chemistry
Large-Scale Organized Production
Transportation and Trade
Land Transportation
Sea Transportation
Standards of Trade
Record-Keeping
Time-Keeping
Writing and Book Production
Military Technology
Attitudes Towards Labour, Innovation, and Technology
Indexes
Ancient Sources Translated in the text
Subject
Index
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ISBN: 9780415061377
ISBN-10: 0415061377
Series: Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 648
Published: 27th November 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1