Leveraging Human Power—Construction Cranes
Lecture no. 17 from the course: Understanding Greek and Roman Technology
Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
How were giant stone blocks lifted using only muscle power? Examine the technology of classical-era cranes, breaking down their components to understand how they provided significant mechanical advantage. Close with a theory on the construction technique used to stack the massive marble drums of Trajan’s Column in Rome.