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Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
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Famed for great thinkers, poets, artists, and leaders, ancient Greece and Rome were also home to some of the most creative engineers who ever lived. Water systems, roads, pumps, and many other developments grew out of the same conditions that produced new political institutions, stunning sculptures, outstanding literary works, and empires that constituted much of the known world. Yet the engineering exploits of the Greeks and Romans are not as celebrated as they deserve to be, and they have been long discounted by some historians. New discoveries combined with a reevaluation of evidence show just how clever our ancient ancestors were. In 24 lavishly illustrated lectures, Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon gives you an in-depth appreciation for what the Greeks and Romans achieved and how they did it. Your guide is Dr. Stephen Ressler, a former professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a civil engineer, and a nationally honored leader in engineering education. This a fascinating introduction to basic engineering principles and the science behind them. The course also gives a new perspective on one of the most productive periods in the history of civilization: classical antiquity. In case after case, you will find that engineering solutions reached during this era would not be surpassed for another thousand years or more.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 7.4 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches; 12 Ounces
- Director : The Great Courses
- Media Format : CD, DVD
- Actors : Stephen Ressler
- Studio : The Great Courses
- ASIN : 162997031X
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #84,665 in DVD
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One of the best parts of the series is the frequent discussion of practical details. You can talk about masonry and cranes, but this lecturer goes farther by asking, okay, where specifically should you put an aqueduct on this piece of terrain? How practical was this type of siege engine? What sources do we have about how and why things were done a certain way? How did this design decision affect maintenance and daily life? This sort of thought helps bring what might otherwise be a dry subject to life. So does the occasional humor. Highly recommended.