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J G Landers
(University of Reading)

This edition published by Constable & Co., UK - 1998
(ISBN0 09 478890 1)

224 pages

p/b approx 21.5cm x 13.5cm - no inscriptions


from back cover:

We are all aware of the great achievements of the Greeks and Romans in art, culture, philosophy and, regrettably, war, but not many of us know that they were also considerable engineers. They made remarkable machines, not bettered until the Industrial Revolution. Using wind, water, animal and man power, they made crossbows and catapults for war; they built water-mills and pumps, including fire-engines; they designed cranes and hoists for building; and of course, they built and sailed ships both for commerce and war. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the Romans was their water engineering, with aqueducts to carry water for miles to feed their complex municipal plumbing systems.
In this fascinating study Dr Landels draws on evidence from archaeological and literary sources as well as his own engineering knowledge to show how these machines were developed and made. Illustrated throughout with explanatory line drawings, this book is a surprising insight into the engineering know-how of these ancient civilizations.

'An engrossing read'
(New Scientist)


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