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Writing about technology from a historian's point of view is a great way to show that you understand complex material. A quick slideshow about technology in the ancient Greek World helps you gather ...

Writing about technology from a historian's point of view is a great way to show that you understand complex material. A quick slideshow about technology in the ancient Greek World helps you gather information for a paragraph on ancient Greek technology

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  • Writing about Technology 3 February 2009
  • Writing about Tech Give examples of technology cite both extremes — very high tech and basic — available to normal people. Don’t be afraid of research Need to find examples
  • Brainstorm: low tech wind power — animal power — horses, oxen, donkeys muscle power — slaves heat — fire, charcoal metallurgy — bronze, iron, copper, gold, silver (not steel, etc.)
  • Brainstorm: high tech Athenian navy — the Trireme The Antikythera Mechanism Heron of Alexandria’s “temple toys” Others on class wiki geometry, city planning, architecture
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  • Pheidias of Athens 480-430 BC - Athenian living in Athens contemporary with Pericles contemporary (in the same time period) Sculptor, architect, painter also a manager of other artists
  • Statue of Zeus @ Olympia Phidias’s work considered a wonder of the ancient world “no one should die without seeing it.”
  • Pheidias of Athens Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends (1868) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
  • Heron of Alexandria 10-70 AD — Greek living in Egypt 400 years after Pericles Not really in the same time period knows hydraulics — water power knows pneumatics — air/steam power
  • Heron of Alexandria 11. Libations at an Altar produced by Fire. Construct an altar that, when a fire is raised on it, figures at the side shall offer libations. Build pedestal, A B C D, (fig. 11) on which the figures stand, and also an altar, E F G, perfectly air- tight. The pedestal must also be air-tight, and communicate with the altar at G. Through the pedestal insert the tube H K L, reaching nearly to the bottom at L, and communicating at H with a bowl held by one of the figures. Pour liquid into the pedestal through a hole, M, which must afterwards be closed. Now if a fire be lighted on the altar E F G, the air within it, being rare-fled, will descend into the pedestal, and exert pressure on the liquid it contains, which, having no other way of retreat, will pass through the tube H K L into the bowl. Thus the figures will pour a libation, and will not cease so long as the fire remains on the altar. When the fire is extinguished, the libation ceases; and as often as the fire is kindled the same will be repeated. The pipe through which the heat is to pass should be broader towards the middle, for it is requisite that the heat, or rather the vapor from it, passing into a broader space, should expand and act with greater force.