* basic mechanical devices
* 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.
About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
A. Society and Technology in Antiquity
B. The Literary Sources on Ancient Technology
C. Archaeology as a Source for the History of Ancient Technology
D. Glossary of Weights, Measures, and Coinage
1. The Rise of Humans and Human Technology
2. Sources of Energy and Basic Mechanical Devices
A. Sources of Energy and Prime Movers
B. Basic Machines
C. Mechanical Gadgets
4. Food Processing
5. Mining and Quarrying
7. Construction Engineering
8. Hydraulic Engineering
9. Household Crafts and Workshop Production
C. Textiles and Leather
D. Ceramics and Glass
E. Applied Chemistry
F. Large-Scale Organized Production
10. Transportation and Trade
A. Land Transportation