The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (Oxford Handbooks) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195187311
ISBN-10: 9780195187311
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"Without parsing each individual contribution in detail, one can say that all chapters justify their inclusion in what is destined to become a standard in the field. To summarize the entire collection in a word, I would simply say 'magisterial.' This volume meets the lofty expectations of the Oxford University Press for its Handbooks series and the equally high standards set forth by its editor. It is not by definition a monographic treatment, but for what it is --a superb research tool intended to inform and guide scholars and advanced students approaching an unfamiliar field-- there is nothing of equal importance now available. One can purchase this handbook with confidence that it will have a long shelf life and provide an invaluable gateway to the world of engineering and ancient technology in classical antiquity for years to come. The bar of excellence has just been raised to a much higher level."--Robert L. Hohlfelder, American Journal of Archaeology


"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." --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." --Technology & Culture




"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." --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." --Technology & Culture


"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." --Technology & Culture

About the Author


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

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0195187318
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 896 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780195187311
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0195187311
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.01 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.8 x 1.8 x 6.7 inches
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