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Marvelous Inventions of the Classical World

The Roman Empire of the first century CE was one of the most prosperous and peaceful periods in Western history, resembling in many ways our contemporary world. At the Museum and Library of Alexandria, state-sponsored scholars and engineers produced some amazing devices, some that would prove practical and others that were simply weird. We’ll look at a selection of these in an illustrated lecture, and then speculate on the nature of creativity and the relationship between art and technology, two terms that in antiquity were expressed by the same word: techne in Greek and ars in Latin.

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