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The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World


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Contributors Abbreviations and Spelling Norms Introduction Part I: Sources 1: (Serafina Cuomo): Ancient Written Sources for Engineering and Technology 2: (Roger Ulrich): Representations of Technical Processes 3: (Kevin Greene): Historiography and Theoretical Approaches Part II: Primary, Extractive Technologies 4: (Paul T. Craddock): Mining and Metallurgy 5: (J. Clayton Fant): Quarrying and Stoneworking 6: (OErjan Wikander): Sources of Energy and Exploitation of Power 7: (Evi Margaritis and Martin K. Jones): Greek and Roman Agriculture 8: (Geoffrey Kron): Animal Husbandry, Hunting, Fishing, and Fish Production Part III: Engineering and Complex Machines 9: (Fredrick A. Cooper): Greek Engineering and Construction 10: (Lynne Lancaster): Roman Engineering and Construction 11: (Andrew I. Wilson): Hydraulic Engineering and Water Supply 12: (Klaus Grewe): Tunnels and Canals 13: (Andrew I. Wilson): Machines in Greek and Roman Technology Part IV: Secondary Processes and Manufacturing 14: (Robert I. Curtis): Food Processing and Preparation 15: (Andrew I. Wilson): Large-Scale Manufacturing, Standardization, and Trade 16: (Carol Mattusch): Metalworking and Tools 17: (Roger B. Ulrich): Woodworking 18: (John P. Wild): Textile Production 19: (Carol van Driel-Murray): Tanning and Leather 20: (Mark Jackson and Kevin Greene): Ceramic Production 21: (E. Marianne Stern): Glass Production Part V: Technologies of Movement and Transport 22: (Lorenzo Quilici): Land Transport, Part 1: Roads and Bridges 23: (Georges Raepsaet): Land Transport, Part 2: Riding, Harnesses, and Vehicles 24: (Sean McGrail): Sea Transport, Part 1: Ships and Navigation 25: (David J. Blackman): Sea Transport, Part 2: Harbors Part VI: Technologies of Death 26: (Philip de Souza): Greek Warfare and Fortification 27: (Gwyn Davies): Roman Warfare and Fortification Part VII: Technologies of the Mind 28: (Willy Clarysse and Katelijn Vandorpe): Information Technologies: Writing, Book Production, and the Role of Literacy 29: (Robert Hannah): Timekeeping 30: Technologies of Calculation Part 1: Weights and Measures(Charlotte Wikander): Part 2: Coinage(Andrew Meadows): Part 3: Practical Mathematics(Karin Tybjerg): 31: (OErjan Wikander): Gadgets and Scientific Instruments 32: (Kevin Greene): Inventors, Invention, and Attitudes toward Innovation Part VIII: Ancient Technologies in the Modern World 33: (Michael B. Schiffer): Expanding Ethnoarchaeology: Historical Evidence and Model-Building in the Study of Technological Change Index

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John Peter Oleson is Distinguished Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.


"This is an excellent book that will serve classicists reliably as a basic work of reference. The level of scholarship is very high, the writing generally clear, the breadth of the coverage impressive. Oleson's organization and editing are something of a marvel. An important contribution is the Handbook's demonstration through repeated examples, of our ability to define, comprehend, and appreciate the scale of things in antiquity." - George W. Houston, Journal of Roman Archaeology "A new milestone for Oxford and for the field. Each of the eight parts to the book is a stand-alone tour de force that deserves enormous praise for its organization, its comprehensiveness, and its promise for impacting future studies. This handbook has indeed set a new standard, and will leave a large and definitive intellectual footprint on a new age of scholarship." - Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Technology & Culture

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