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Polybolos (wikipedia.org)
30 points by bane on Nov 14, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 7 comments

And just like that almost a half hour watching that passes by...thanks :)

The ancient world seemed almost on the verge of industrializing. I've often wondered if that might have happened had they not all gone mad with Roman imperialism and religious fanaticism instead.

There's a (rather old) book about ancient inventions that HN might be interested in: http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Inventions-Peter-James/dp/0345...

Could it be that the ancients didn't have the same drive to propagate novel technologies and saw different ways of improving the human condition?

Well, did they in fact improve human condition? They probably had lots of engineering talent, with a drive to improve too, but they lacked the nescessary science to provide proper methods. Calculus means a lot i industrial engineering. And chemistry has its role. You don't get far with alchemy.

This is also the modern Greek word for "machine gun".

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