This course will look at the role of engineers and engineering in ancient civilizations, including Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Native American, Mesoamerican, South American and the Far East. Engineers as designers and builders of some of the most famous structures in the Ancient World will be studied such as; Great Pyramid at Giza, Machu Pichu, Cahokia and other Effigy Mounds, Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Aqueduct System, Appian Way and other Roman roads, Parthenon, Colosseum, Pantheon, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The course will focus on Man the Builder and the development of ancient infrastructure systems of important early civilizations. Much of the material will be related to the modern practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The impact of engineering on the development of ancient civilizations in terms of social growth and expansion, warfare and conquest, and technological advancement will be considered. Important personalities in the ancient world will also be discussed in terms of their role in technological advancement. Important inventions that assisted in technological advance and which were based largely on simple machines, will also be discussed. The course will discuss technological developments that occurred in ancient civilizations as a result of engineering.
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