Ancient Engineers' Inventions

Precursors of the Present

  • Cesare Rossi
  • Flavio Russo

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 1-18
  3. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 19-23
  4. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 25-37
  5. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 39-50
  6. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 51-59
  7. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 61-78
  8. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 79-87
  9. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 89-104
  10. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 105-119
  11. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 121-140
  12. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 141-149
  13. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 151-169
  14. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 171-191
  15. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 193-198
  16. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 199-235
  17. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 237-252
  18. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 253-256
  19. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 257-317
  20. Cesare Rossi, Flavio Russo
    Pages 319-332

About this book

Introduction

This book describes the inventions and designs of ancient engineers who are the precursors of the present. The period ranges mainly from 300 B.C. to 1600 A.D. with several exceptions. Many of the oldest inventions are documented by archaeological finds, often very little known, mainly from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and reveal a surprising modernity in their conception.

Most of the inventions presented in the first four parts of the book were conceived up to the late Roman Empire and may be considered as milestones, each in their respective field. The fifth part concentrates on more recent centuries. The sixth part deals with some building construction techniques.

Generally, for each of the presented inventions, three elements of research and reference are provided: written documents (the classics), iconic references (coins, bas-reliefs, etc.) and archaeological findings.

The authors did not write this book for engineers only; hence they describe all the devices without assuming wide technical knowledge. The authors’ main aim is to try to communicate their enthusiasm for the inventions and the inventors of the past and to contribute to the fascinating study of the History of Engineering.

This second edition includes new topics and chapters that are of special interest to engineers.


Keywords

Ercolano Roman Empire ancient engineers ancient inventions history of engineering mechanism design Pompeian artefacts

Authors and affiliations

  • Cesare Rossi
    • 1
  • Flavio Russo
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipt di Ingegneria IndustrialeUniversità di Napoli "Federico II" Dipt di Ingegneria IndustrialeNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Torre del GrecoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44476-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44475-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44476-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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