Technological Marvels of the Ancient World

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  • TV-G
  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (10)

In Technological Marvels of the Ancient World a number of fascinating accomplishments from world history are explored. From the possible presence of the first ever battery to a complete facility powered by a waterfall, the methods used by ancient people to adapt to adversity and create an easier life is documented. Viewers are taken on journey through history for a firsthand glance at some of the greatest innovations of the time and how they just might have set the stage for future technology along the same lines. The power and thought process of older civilizations are brought to light in stunning detail.

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Power
6. Power
December 11, 2005
Ancient mechanical devices are examined: A jar that appears to be an electric battery, a flour mill in France that is run by waterwheels, and Archimedes use of solar power to defeat the Romans.
Ships
5. Ships
August 21, 2005
The lake Nemi ships, large Roman vessels that were salvaged from the lake in the 1930s and burned in 1944, are discussed, including technological discoveries from the ships.
Medicine
4. Medicine
December 18, 2009
Explores ancient medical techniques and possible new applications in the modern era. Techniques reviewed include blood letting by leeches, reading from a torpedo fish, trepanning to relieve pressure on the brain, and Roman battlefield surgery and tools.
Computing
3. Computing
December 21, 2003
This episode investigates the Antikythera Mechanism, a computer-like device that may have been used to calculate the movements of stars and planets. It also highlights ancient inventors Archimedes and Ctesibius.
Robotics
2. Robotics
April 17, 2007
An examination of ancient robotics includes a look at the automata of ancient China, the Hellenistic engineers Heron and Philon, the Kurdish engineer Al-Jazari, the Byzantine Empire, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Warfare
1. Warfare
August 21, 2005
Warfare technology is examined, including the Helepolis, a square fortified tower on wheels; and "Greek Fire," an incendiary liquid that stuck to people and objects and couldn't be extinguished with water.
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In Technological Marvels of the Ancient World a number of fascinating accomplishments from world history are explored. From the possible presence of the first ever battery to a complete facility powered by a waterfall, the methods used by ancient people to adapt to adversity and create an easier life is documented. Viewers are taken on journey through history for a firsthand glance at some of the greatest innovations of the time and how they just might have set the stage for future technology along the same lines. The power and thought process of older civilizations are brought to light in stunning detail.

Technological Marvels of the Ancient World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on August 21, 2005.

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Technological Marvels of the Ancient World is available for streaming on the Pure History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Technological Marvels of the Ancient World on demand at and Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    August 21, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (10)