Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome by M. J. T. LewisSurveying Instruments of Greece and Rome by M. J. T. Lewis

Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome

byM. J. T. Lewis

Paperback | May 7, 2009

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The Greeks and Romans achieved extraordinary feats of surveying in building their aqueducts, tunnels and roads and in measuring the circumference of the earth and the heights of mountains. This book, which contains translations of all the ancient texts on surveying instruments, including major sources hitherto untapped, sets out to reconstruct the instruments and to explain how they were used. The subject has never been tackled before in this detail, and a level of technical sophistication emerges which must count as one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world.
Title:Surveying Instruments of Greece and RomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:May 7, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521110653

ISBN - 13:9780521110655

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Instruments and Methods: 1. The basic elements; 2. Background to the dioptra; 3. The dioptra; 4. The libra; 5. The groma; 6. The hodometer; Part II. Practical Applications: 7. Measurement of the earth; 8. Mountain heights; 9. Canals and aqueducts; 10. Tunnels; 11. Roman roads; 12. Epilogue; Part III. The Sources: The treatises; Other sources; Appendix. Uncertain devices.

Editorial Reviews

"The author has written a rich and detailed book illustrated with sixty-nine figures, but one that almost certainly will be restricted to a small readership of experts because of the need to use technical terminology and because of the detail and complexity of his discussion." Religious Studies Review