326 pages | 80 B/W Illus.
Peoples of the distant past lived comfortably in cities that boasted well-conceived urban planning, monumental architecture, running water, artistic expression, knowledge of mathematics and medicine, and more. Without the benefits of modern technology, they enjoyed all the accoutrements of modern civilization.
Technology of the Ancient Near East brings together in a single volume what is known about the technology behind these acheivements, based on the archaeological, textual, historic, and scientific data drawn from a wide range of sources, focusing on subjects such as warfare, construction, metallurgy, ceramics and glass, water management, and time keeping. These technologies are discussed within the cultural, historic, and socio-economic contexts within which they were invented and the book emphasises these as the foundation upon which modern technology is based. In so doing, this study elucidates the ingenuity of ancient minds, offering an invaluable introduction for students of ancient technology and science.
"In this conversationally engaging volume, Baker has deftly collected the many materials, machines, and technological applications that defined and enriched the lives of those dwelling in the Ancient Near East into the Roman Era. Based firmly on a wide array of literary, artistic, and archaeological sources, Technology of the Ancient Near East provides an essential piece of the puzzle of the society, culture, and history of the region, and it fills a longstanding gap on the bookshelves of all who are interested in the history of technology, ideas, and the human quest to manipulate the natural world."
- Georgia Irby, The College of William and Mary, USA
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List of maps
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Early Technologies
Chapter 3 Stone
Chapter 4 Wood
Chapter 5 Metals
Chapter 6 Bonding Agents: Glue, Plaster, Mortar, Cement, Bitumen
Chapter 7 Engineering, Machines, Power, and Energy
Chapter 8 Construction
Chapter 9 Warfare
Chapter 10 Textiles
Chapter 11 Ceramic and Glass Technology
Chapter 12 Water Management and Technology
Chapter 13 Medicine
Chapter 14 Daily Life
Chapter 15 Transportation
Chapter 16 Timekeeping
Chapter 17 Food as Technology
Chapter 18 Writing/Arts, Weights/Measures, and Currency
Chapter 19 Summary and Discussion