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    DescriptionNearly 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 highlights both the accomplishments of the ancient societies and the remaining research problems, and stimulates further progress in the history of ancient technology. 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 technology concerned and the evolution of their technical capabilities over the chronological period. Each presentation reviews the issues and recent contributions, and defines the capacities and accomplishments of the technology in the context of the society that used it, the available "technological shelf," and the resources consumed. These studies introduce and synthesize the results of excavation or specialized studies. The chapters are organized in sections progressing from sources (written and representational) to primary (e.g., mining, metallurgy, agriculture) and secondary (e.g., woodworking, glass production, food preparation, textile production and leather-working) production, to technologies of social organization and interaction (e.g., roads, bridges, ships, harbors, warfare and fortification), and finally to studies of general social issues (e.g., writing, timekeeping, measurement, scientific instruments, attitudes toward technology and innovation) and the relevance of ethnographic methods to the study of classical technology. The unrivalled breadth and depth of this volume make it the definitive reference work for students and academics across the spectrum of classical studies.


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    Title
    The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John Peter Oleson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 896
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 255 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 1,817 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195187311
    ISBN 10: 0195187318
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: TBX
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16820
    Libri: I-TE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 609.38
    LC classification: T16 .O94 2008
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: TBX
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    07 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    John Peter Oleson is Distinguished Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.
    Review quote
    complsory (as well as entertaining) reading for any academic, student or lay-man Francesco Trifilo, Rosetta