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HIS 122 — Ancient Engineering: Remarkable Feats of Technology from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Beyond

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 9—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 22
Unit: 1
Tuition: $445
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Status: Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class on November 20
7:00—9:05 pm
Oct 9—Dec 4
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 22
1 Unit
Patrick Hunt
Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class on November 20
Many of the world’s most famous, monumental, and staggering engineering projects or inventions are in fact ancient, some even prehistoric. Stonehenge and related megaliths date back thousands of years. Found off Greece in a shipwreck, the enigmatic Antikythera bronze is an astonishing invention dating before the Roman empire. Even if Hero of Alexandria’s 1st-century CE steam engines were only theoretical, they deserve mention alongside his pneumatics and mechanics innovations. Some of the most remarkable achievements in antiquity include Roman roads and bridges and the advent of concrete and hydrological technology such as aqueducts. Add to this the qanat canals and irrigation system of Persia, the pyramids of Egypt, the stone cities and road networks of the Incas and their ancestors in South America, and the urban and sculptural stoneworking of the Aztecs in Central America. All of these feats of engineering, occurring long before the Industrial Revolution in Europe, will be the subject of this course.

Patrick Hunt, Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project

Patrick Hunt is the author of twenty books, including Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, When Empires Clash: Twelve Great Battles in Antiquity, Hannibal, Wine Journeys: Myth and History, and Caravaggio (Life & Times). He is an associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and a research associate in archeoethnobotany at the Institute for EthnoMedicine. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Samuel Noah Kramer, History Begins at Sumer (ISBN 978-0812212761)
(Required) H.W.F. Saggs, Civilization Before Greece and Rome (ISBN 978-0300044409)
(Required) Patrick Hunt, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History. (ISBN 978-0452288775)