Ancient Technology

Ancient Technology

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From the Palaeolithic age to the height of the Roman Empire, this concise reference source takes a closer look at six ancient technological events and their effects on civilization.
Since ancient times, technological advances have increased man's chances for survival. From the practicality of a Roman aqueduct to the art of the written word, man has always adapted his environment to meet his needs, and to provide himself with sustenance, comfort, comfort, leisure, a higher quality of living, and a thriving culture. This concise reference source takes a closer look at six technological events that significantly impacted the evolution of civilization, from the Palaeolithic age to the height of the Roman Empire. As he touches on the common elements of ancient technology--energy, machines, mining, metallurgy, ceramics, agriculture, engineering, transportation, and communication--Humphrey asks questions central to understanding the impact of ancient tools on the modern world: What prompts change? What cultural traditions inhibit change? What effect do these changes have on their societies and civilization?

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Roman historian and archaeologist Humphrey (U. of Calgary) surveys both physical and ideological/linguistic inventions of the ancient Mediterranean societies in this volume. Illustrations accompany text explaining the context and use of technologies in the categories of food and clothing, water, shelter and security, transportation and coinage, recordkeeping and timekeeping, and crafts that developed between the Archaic era in Greece and the height of the Roman Empire. Additionally, one section provides brief biographies of known inventors of the time, and another contains 54 topical primary documents, including instructions for constructing a plow and building a Roman aqueduct. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Describes physical, ideological, and linguistic inventions of the ancient Mediterranean societies.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780313327636 (alk. paper)
0313327637 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 609.3 HUM
Characteristics: xxiv, 219 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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