The Ancient Engineers

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 1990 - Philosophy - 408 pages
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Describes methods used by early irrigators, architects, and military engineers to build and maintain structures to serve their ruler's wants.
 

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One of my favorite history books. I'm not a fan of wars, politics, or art. Tell me about the people who built the machines that those depended on. This book might not be perfect but its the closest to anything I've run across to fulfill that.

Contents

One The Coming of the Engineers
15
Two The Egyptian Engineers
28
Three The Mesopotamian Engineers
53
PLATES following page
79
Four The Greek Engineers
86
Five The Hellenistic Engineers
114
Six The Early Roman Engineers
164
The step pyramid of King Joser
192
Seven The Later Roman Engineers
211
The aqueducts of Rome
216
The great clock of Gaza
216
The stupa of Amravati
216
Su Sungs astronomical clock tower
216
Reversible overshot water wheel
216
A post windmill
216
Eight The Oriental Engineers
260

Assyrian siegecraft
192
The Ishtar Gate of Babylon
192
Torsion dart thrower
192
Counterweight stone thrower
192
Nine The European Engineers
313
Notes
373
Index
397
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L. Sprague de Camp, a SFWA Grand Master and winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, wrote the definitive biography of Conan's creator, Robert E. Howard. De Camp died in 2000.

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