Presented by: 
Dr Amelia Brown (UQ)
Date: 
Tue 13 Mar, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: 
Room 222, Parnell Building (7)

While the 21st century is generally described as a technological era, featuring rapid development of new inventions, Classical Antiquity has long been described as static, traditional or even obtuse, ignorant of most technology and unable to develop it or use it ‘correctly’. However a growing number of scholars are questioning this picture, using both archaeology and new translations of literary sources. In this talk, Dr Brown will highlight the technological achievements of the Ancient Greeks, particularly the Antikythera mechanism, the most sophisticated geared machine to survive from Antiquity. She will also discuss some of the different purposes that such a mechanism served, such as astrological calculations, and reflect on the different priorities of ancient and modern consumers of technology.

Dr Amelia Brown is Lecturer in Greek History and Language in the UQ School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics. She has a BA from Princeton and MA and PhD from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include Late Antiquity, Mediterranean Maritime History, Classical Archaeology, Greek & Roman Sculpture,Greek History, Greek Religion, Roman Greece (Corinth, Messene, Thessaloniki), Malta, and Byzantium.