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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A necessary Corrective for those who think that our ancestors were not very bright. This is the first book that reset my mind to truly understand that technology has been accumulating for the last ... Read full review

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User Review  - jahshep - LibraryThing

Interesting read. Written with a tad of spunk. I was interested in the beginning sections, which covered the Egyptian & Mesopotamian technologies. De Camp waxes skeptical of many Biblical accounts; especially the intentions/point of view of the written accounts. Good read. Read full review

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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