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    A Roman engineer's tales

    Cuomo, Serafina (2011) A Roman engineer's tales. Journal of Roman Studies 101 , pp. 143-165. ISSN 0075-4358.

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    This article is an exercise in the historiography of ancient technical artefacts, beginning from the examination of a second-century a.d. cippus inscribed with the story of a Roman engineer, Nonius Datus, who designed and supervised the construction of an aqueduct in Algeria. The first section looks at the aqueduct from the point of view of the history of engineering. The second traces the history of the inscription as a document in the debate about imperialism and technology. In the third section, the focus is on what Datus himself was trying to communicate. The conclusion makes a case for considering ancient technical artefacts from multiple perspectives.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 13:07
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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