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The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

Edited by John Peter Oleson

Volume 1, issue Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199734856
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734856.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World highlights both the accomplishments of the ancient societies and remaining research problems, and stimulates further progress in the history of ancient technology. The subject matter of the book is the technological framework of the Greek and Roman cultures from ca. 800 bc through ca. ad 500 in the circum-Mediterranean world and Northern Europe. Each article discusses a technology or family of technologies from an analytical rather than a descriptive point of view, providing a critical summation of our present knowledge of Greek and Roman accomplishments in the technology concerned and the evolution of their technical capabilities over the chronological period. Each article reviews the issues and recent contributions, and defines the capacities and accomplishments of the technology in the context of the society that used it, the available “technological shelf,” and the resources consumed. These studies introduce and synthesize the results of excavation or specialized studies. The articles are organized in sections progressing from sources (written and representational) to primary (e.g. mining, metallurgy, agriculture) and secondary (e.g. woodworking, glass production, food preparation, textile production, and leather-working) production, to technologies of social organization and interaction (e.g. roads, bridges, ships, harbors, warfare, and fortification), and finally to studies of general social issues (e.g. writing, timekeeping, measurement, scientific instruments, and attitudes toward technology and innovation) and the relevance of ethnographic methods to the study of classical technology.

Keywords: Greek culture; Roman culture; ancient mining; ancient metallurgy; ancient agriculture; ancient woodworking; ancient glass; ancient food preparation; ancient textiles; ancient leather-working

Book.  896 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Studies

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Ancient Written Sources for Engineering and Technology in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Representations of Technical Processes in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Historiography and Theoretical Approaches in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Mining and Metallurgy in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Quarrying and Stoneworking in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Sources of Energy and Exploitation of Power in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Greek and Roman Agriculture in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Animal Husbandry, Hunting, Fishing, and Fish Production in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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Greek Engineering and Construction in The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World

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