on 28 October 2013
Written by a scholar in the subject but in an easily readable style, the author takes us on a ride from the earliest history (c. 4000 BC) to the end of the Roman era. The chronological format enables him to convey the sweep and progress of ancient technology, staring in Egypt and Mesopatania and moving westward to Greece and then Rome. He covers agriculture, building, metal working, weaponry, transportation, textiles, irrigation, pottery, and shows how each step is built on its predeccessor. Photos and line illustrations abound. He sticks to the known facts and resists speculation.
The main part of the book centres on the civilisations of the Nile and Eupharates and then Greece and Rome. A penultimate chapter looks breifly at the the Indus region, China, the Steppes, Northwest Europe and South America . I suspect that more is known about those areas since this book was written.
I would have liked more technical detail about metal extraction , mining, textiles and axles.