The Ancient Engineers

The Ancient Engineers

by L. Sprague De Camp


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“Mr. de Camp has the trick of being able to show technology engaging in feats as full of derring-do as those of Hannibal’s army. History as it should be told.”—Isaac Asimov, The New York Times Book Review

The Pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon of Greece, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum of Rome. Today, we stand in awe before these wonders of the ancient world. They hold our history and the deepest secrets of our past in their hidden recesses.

In The Ancient Engineers, L. Sprague de Camp delves into the heart of the mystery. He introduces us to the master builders who had the vision, the power, and the passion to reach for the clouds and touch the heavens. We share in some of the greatest technological triumphs of all time—triumphs of the human mind, imagination, and spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345482877
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/1995
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

L. Sprague de Camp (1907–2000) was a science-fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction author. His notable works include Lest Darkness Fall, Rogue Queen, Tales of Conan, and Conan the Adventurer.

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The Ancient Engineers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Redbud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book, but would be much nicer with quality illustrations.
ulfhjorr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, fun read about the hows and whys of ancient technology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The subtitle of this book is 'Technology and invention from the Earliest Times to the Renaissance'. As this is the first book I ever read in this topic, I found it extremely interesting. Mr. De Camp covers the development of structural, water (delivery and clocks) and many other technologies. The importance of the written word in expanding technology is illustrated by Mr. De Camp. My only critique is that at times Mr. De Camp covers swatches of time too quickly and sometimes uses terms I am not familiar with (I'm getting the dictionary out now). But, these same citations increases one's desire to learn more about these civilizations. Definitely a book one should read if one is interested in how things develop, particularly technology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ancient Engineers is a very informative book. It discusses 'Technology and invention from the earliest times to the Renaissance,' and is packed with useful information for historians and those who enjoy history. De Camp begins his nonfiction book interestingly, discussing Ancient life and the probability of something being invented. He talks about how when there are more people and more people with more leisure time, the chances of someone inventing something or there being a break-through in science increases dramatically. This book is highly recommended to all, although since it can be boring to those uninterested in history or reading, don't read it unless you're a reading or history maven. If you do like medieval warfare and technology though, this book will be of the greatest use.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presents a unique blend of history, sociology, and technology that I feel is a 'must read' for our techno-centric society. I write this review simply becuase I often go back to search particular sections of my well worn paperback¿so much so that I am now getting a hardback copy to put in my company's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot more than engineering and possibly, if you expect too much engineering, you will be disappointed. It is a good, different analytical perspective on history, from an engineers point of view, offering much of what is usually lacking in academic recorded history.