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Roman Inventions and Technology

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Prasanna Mandala

on 10 June 2013

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Romans invented cranes, aqueducts, concrete, newspaper, domes, and Roman arches. These are various inventions we regularly use today. We use them to help us build, decorate, and to just relax with reading.
Cranes for lifting water out of wells
Aqueducts for irrigation and water transportation
Concrete for building
Newspapers for the latest information
Bound books for easy reading
Roman arches, their own arch style
How The Inventions Were
used in Ancient Rome
Roman Inventions Everywhere!
Cranes, newspapers, and concrete can be found all over the world. Aqueducts can be found in parts of Europe. The Roman arches can be found all over the world where they are incorporated in architectural designs.
Cranes are used today to help construction workers lift big loads to build tall buildings. They have been modified to reach not just 10 meters, but up to 50 meters high! If the crane had not been invented, we would struggle to build the buildings we have today like the Empire State Building.
By Mick Maloney &
Prasanna Mandala
Imagine if We had no
Concrete Buildings...
Fun Facts
Romans were very revolutionary.
The discovery of compound pulleys made constructing large buildings easier (right).
Newspapers were made from stone or metal slabs. They were very hard to carry around, unlike today where you can fold the newspaper up and put it in your handbag/book bag.
Roman currency was called Antoninianus (left).
Domes were made by pouring concrete over a wooden framework made of arches. An example is the Pantheon (right).
Concrete is a mixture of water, powder, and volcanic ash to make a very strong mixture that would last for hundreds of years. It was more powerful than the original concrete, which was made from limestone. It has not been changed much since it was first discovered. If concrete had not been here today, we would be using mud and other alternate resources to make our homes and other buildings. The Colosseum is an example where concrete was used in construction.
Newspapers are now made of paper. They inform us of the latest news. Back then, in the Roman times, they were stone tablets. They were called Acta Diurna, made of metal or stone, and posted in public places where people could see them.

Very few people could see them, whereas today, we would know what was going on around the world through internet and television.
The Romans were the first to have a republic, so, in a way, they invented it. The actual meaning of
Republic is," The thing of the people."
The republic lasted from 509 B.C. to 59 A.D.
The Romans are one of the most famous civilizations known to man. In this presentation, we hope you learned a lot about what the Romans invented, which became the basis of today. We hoped you enjoyed our presentation.
The Romans used their inventions to enforce culture and make themselves powerful through wonders and great architecture.
Romans were a powerful civilization. They have helped us advance in society. We have to be thankful to the Romans for inventing the basis of our building and everyday news of the world.
Romans put their building skills to practical use, too. In large cities, the Romans put huge amounts of water where it would be used, like a moat.
e.guides: Ancient Rome by DK P.P. 38-39,
World History: Ancient Civilizations
Legacies from Ancient Rome by Anita Ganeri P.P. 19-21,
Ancient Rome by Zilah Deckker; Robert Lindley Vann, Consultant P.P. 23, 25-26
Rome: Engineering an Empire (Documentary)
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Colosseum Underground
Under the Colosseum, there were aqueducts which flooded the Colosseum when they pulled a lever for naval battles.
In the Roman baths, slaves would be underground, keeping furnaces going to heat the baths. It had a series of networks like the Colosseum.
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