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The Ides of March: The Romans: Technophobes or Technophiles?

The Ides of March: The Romans: Technophobes or Technophiles?

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  • Sat 15 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


Waikato Museum

Hear Dr Jeremy Armstrong speak on the subject Romans: Technophobes or Technophiles? Dr Armstrong is senior lecturer for classics and ancient history at the University of Auckland, with a focus on archaic Central History (particularly Rome).

When it comes to technology, the Romans represent something of a paradox. Although renowned as builders and the supposed source of a number of wonderful innovations (underwater concrete, catapults/ballistae, etc.), they are also often described as a supremely conservative people who, because of an abundance of cheap slave labour, were largely disinterested in pursing time and labour saving devices. This talk will explore the contrasting views of the Romans with regards to technology, looking at how the Romans thought about technology and whether we can classify them as ‘Technophobes’ or ‘Technophiles’?

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