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

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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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Contents

The Rise of Humans and Human Technology
1
Sources of Energy and Basic Mechanical Devices
23
Agriculture
75
Food Processing
147
Mining and Quarrying
173
Metallurgy
205
Construction Engineering
235
Hydraulic Engineering
285
Household Crafts and Workshop Production
331
Transport and Trade
409
RecordKeeping
513
Military Technology
541
Attitudes towards Labour Innovation
579
Indexes
601
B Subject Index
613
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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.

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