Handbook of Ancient Water Technology

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A magisterial new handbook replaces the discussion of water technology in antiquity in R.J. Forbes Studies in Ancient Technology and the first two volumes of A History of Technology, edited by Charles Singer et al. It surveys water use and water technology in an area from Mesopotamia to the Atlantic Ocean, from the beginning of the Neolithic period up to ca. A.D. 600, based on the archaeological and written evidence. 11 authors from very different backgrounds and with varying scholarly perspectives discuss the socio-economic background, irrigation and drainage, water supply, water in recreation (fountains, baths, etc.), larger hydraulic works (canals and sluices, dams, drainage), water-power, water legislation and the administration of water resources. This handbook incorporates the results of four decades of historical research, important archaeological finds, extensive theoretical debate in a precise, up-to-date and reliable way and offers scholars and students a new basis for discussion of technical progress in antiquity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004111233
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Technology and Change in History Series , #2
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 2.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Örjan Wikander, Ph.D. (1980), is Universitetslektor (Associate Professor) in the department of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History of the University of Lund, Sweden. His English-language publications include Deliciae fictiles (1993) and The Exploitation of Water-Power or Technological Stagnation? (1984).

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Table of Contents

I Water-Supply
1 Geological Background, Climate, Water Resources 3
2 Collection of Water 21
3 Wells 29
4 Qanats 35
5 Aqueducts 39
6 Engineering Works 67
7 Purity of Water 95
II Urban Use
1 Urban Water Transport and Distribution 103
2 Industrial Use of Water 127
3 Drainage and Sanitation 151
III Irrigation and Rural Drainage
1 Irrigation 183
2 Water-Lifting 217
3 Land Drainage 303
IV Large Hydraulic Infringements on Nature
1 Canals 321
2 Reservoirs and Dams 331
V Water-Power
1 Theoretical Hydraulics, Automata, and Water Clocks 343
2 The Water-Mill 371
3 Industrial Applications of Water-Power 401
VI Water as an Aesthetic and Recreational Element
1 Fountains and Nymphaea 413
2 Water Landscaping 453
3 The Water Management of Greek and Roman Baths 467
VII Water Legislation in the Ancient World (c. 2200 B.C.-c. A.D. 500)
1 Mesopotania, the Hittites and the Arabian Peninsula 539
2 Egypt 551
3 The Greek World 557
4 The Roman World 575
VIII Historical Context. The Socio-Economic Background and Effects
1 The Neolithic and Bronze Ages 607
2 The Iron Age, and the Archaic and Classical Periods 617
3 The Hellenistic Period 631
4 The Roman Empire 649
References 661
Indices 703
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