Monthly Archives: September 2018

Gies’ “Triumphs & Failures of Ancient Technology”

The Roman civilization achieved an advanced level of technological knowledge that was inherited form technological innovations of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. These inherited technologies include: Egyptian stonemasonry techniques, sailing techniques, variations to the Phoenicia mariner-merchant’s alphabet, agricultural tools and techniques, mining technology, iron metallurgy, handicraft production, glass manufacturing, and building construction (such as …

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Comment on The “Failure” of Ancient Technology – Gies Article by Matthew Lyman


Nice summary of the article, was easy to read and very informative. I find it cool that many of the ancient Greek and Roman structures are still standing to this day. That really shows how advanced their architecture was. It is interesting that many of the Roman technologies were not original. They instead borrowed most technology and then improved it, I wonder what they could have come up with if they tried developing their own technologies. Lastly, it is pretty incredible how successful the Romans were even though they had many flaws. From the horse harness to terrible economics, they definitely weren’t perfect, but still managed to last a long time.

The “Failure” of Ancient Technology – Gies Article

The Ancient societies of Greece and Rome are well revered for their innovations and governmental achievements. The most prominent contribution, and perhaps the most well-known aspect of these societies, being the architectural developments made during their time. Greece relied heavily on the post and lintel system, where large horizontal structures are held up by vertical …

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Geis: The Triumphs and Failures of Ancient Technology

“We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.” – Nikola Tesla From the minute you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, you are actively involved in using technologies that ease your busy schedule of work. A lot of the technologies that you …

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Comment on The Romans – By Carlson by brandonjwalter

Hey Vincent,

Great job! I enjoyed learning about the conquest and innovations of the Roman Empire. I would like to learn more about the differences between the Roman Legion and the Greek phalanx. It was also very interesting to see how throughout Rome’s existence it was always expanding and developing.
It’s really fascinating that the Roman people used gladiators to recreate famous land and naval battles in the Colosseum. It’s amazing how they would go to such lengths for the sake of entertainment.

Keep up the good work!
-B Walter

Comment on Summary of Carlson’s “The Romans,” by Chris Selby by aarong

Your summary fully encompasses Carlson’s points. Rome as a civilization was great at adapting and using the technology and culture of other civilizations. The Romans did gain much of the aspects of their religion from the Greeks, along with technologies such as ships and military tactics. As Carlson discusses, the Romans were able to expand their empire because of their military technologies and road systems. Unlike the Greeks, the Romans used their technologies for practical purposes, such as building arches to make longer bridges and aqueducts or metallurgy to improve tools and weapons.