Item description for Studies in Ancient Technology: With 40 Figures and 10 Tables (Studies in Ancient Technology) by R. J. Forbes...
Studies in Ancient Technology, forms a series of books, each containing a number of essays on ancient technology, covering both the preclassical and classical period and demonstrating the continuity and the divergence throughout the ages. The volumes describe certain phases of ancient technology, point out the gaps in our knowledge and try to use modern technology, philological and archaeological evidence to sketch ancient technology in such a way that it may be of some use to inform historians, archaeologists and philologists on the skill and the material world of the ancients.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.7" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004006214 ISBN13 9789004006218
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Without peer! Nov 2, 2002
This book is part of a series of nine books that look at various aspects of ancient technology. The book I acquired was from the 1964 edition, and may be different from other editions. This one has three hefty chapters: Bitumen and Petroleum in Antiquity; The Origin of Alchemy; and Water Supply. The chapter on bitumen covers what it is, and how it was used, both for practical purposes and magical purposes. The chapter on alchemy explains what alchemy was, and follows its evolution throughout history. And finally, the chapter on water supply covers everything from wells, pipes and cisterns, through testing and purifying water and a chronology of known events in the supplying of water.
As the above description might have suggested, this book is not for the casual reader. Instead, this book attempts to give the student of history an in-depth understanding of the topics. As such, the reading can be quite dry at time. However, as a resource on its three topics, it is probably without peer. I highly recommend this book.