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Leveraging Human Power—Construction Cranes

Lecture no. 17 from the course: Understanding Greek and Roman Technology

Leveraging Human Power—Construction Cranes

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.

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