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

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

Hardback Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

By (author) John W. Humphrey, By (author) John Peter Oleson, By (author) Andrew Sherwood


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 648 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 38mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415061369
  • ISBN 13: 9780415061360
  • Illustrations note: 14 line figures, glossary, indices

Product description

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.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

..."providing a wide range of the literary sources for ancient technology...."-Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

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: sources of energy; basic machines; 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.