Engineering in the Ancient World

Engineering in the Ancient World


By (author) J. G. Landels

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 15mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520227824
  • ISBN 13: 9780520227828
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 65 line illustrations, 2 tables
  • Sales rank: 751,014

Product description

In his classic book, J. G. Landels describes the technological advances of the Greeks and Romans with erudition and enthusiasm. He provides an important introduction to engineering, writing about power and energy sources, water engineering, cranes, and transportation devises. From aqueducts to catapults, he attempts to envision machines as they may have worked in the ancient world. He then traces the path of knowledge taken by early thinkers--including Plato, Pliny, and Archimedes--in developing early theories of engineering and physics.

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Author information

J. G. Landels, now retired, was a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Reading University. His work, in collaboration with the Engineering Department, involved making working replicas of ancient machines and testing them in the field.

Review quote

"[Landels] has given a new dimension to our appreciation of Greek and Roman civilization. We are accustomed to appreciate what Greek and Roman artists, writers, and philosophers accomplished. We have not really understood what they achieved as engineers."--"Classical Outlook"