People: 8 Most Advanced Ancient Technologies

People: 8 Most Advanced Ancient Technologies

Awesome People: 8 Most Advanced Ancient Technologies

From and ancient battery to unquenchable Greek fire, All Things Human presents 8 Most Advanced Ancient Technology!

8) Flexible Glass
In 2012, the glass manufacturing giant Corning announced a new product called, “Willow Glass”. Incredibly heat resistant and flexible enough to be rolled into a cylinder, Willow Glass quickly became the top candidate for future solar panel production. Allegedly though, Corning is not the first to create such a product. Legend states that in Ancient Rome, a glassmaker presented Emperor Tiberius with a glass vessel. He requested the emperor give it back to him then proceeded to throw it onto the floor, where it did not break. The vessel was dented, but the glassmaker quickly hammered it back into its original shape, proudly displaying the seemingly indestructible product he had named, “vitrum glass”. Tiberius feared the glass would kill his bustling metalwork industry, so he order the glassmaker to be beheaded and the vessel destroyed. This story has been recounted three times, once by Petronius, who swore the story was truthful. The second time, Pliny the Elder recounted the same events but he did not know if the events really happened. A third tale by Dio Cassius morphed into fantasy, as he claimed the glassmaker shattered the vessel and then reassembled it to be whole once more with not even a single crack remaining. Though highly disputed, vitrum glass possibly did exist, meaning that the invention would have been around for centuries before Corning’s patent came into existence.
7) Heat Ray
Archimedes of Syracuse was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Archimedes is regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time and one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. He also allegedly built a functional heat ray. The tales claim that during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC, Archimedes constructed a mounted glass disk to set Roman warships on fire. The disk gathered light from the sun, which was then directed to the ship, setting it ablaze. In 2004, the hit Discovery Channel show Mythbusters claimed the heat ray to be “busted”, as they could not replicate the claimed results. Many grew to believe the heat ray never existed until in 2005, MIT students succeeded in creating a functional weapon based on Archimedes design. During their initial development, 95% of the MIT students deemed the project a flop but still chose to work on the weapon. After development ended and several tests were found inconclusive, the crew decided to test once more on a wooden cut out of a ship. The test was successful as less than ten minutes after the sky grew clear of clouds, a flame began to spread across the mock ship. Before the Mythbusters crew or the MIT students began their attempts, in 2001 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled their own heat ray that operated using microwaves that, “penetrate a victim’s skin, heating it to 130 degrees fahrenheit, creating the sensation that one is on fire”. This attempt was also likely expired by Archimedes’ heat ray, giving an extra air of credibility to the claims.
6) Concrete
Concrete is something we all often do not even think about in our day to day lives, despite it almost constantly being close by in buildings, sidewalks, and landscaping. It helps to give shape to almost every structure we come across and is so common that it often goes entirely ignored by the average person until repairs are required. Almost all Ancient Roman structures were built with a sort of concrete made by mixing limestone with volcanic rock to form a mortar that has proven to stand the test of time incredibly well. This mortar could even be mixed with volcanic tuff, a type of rock formed from volcanic ash, to create underwater structures. From the Pantheon to the Arch of Titus, ancient Roman structures have survived far better than those of other civilizations of the same time period. Roman concrete last much longer than even its modern counterpart, which must be replaced once it begins to crack and erode after a few years.
5) Seismograph

4) Greek Fire

3) Iron Pillar of Delhi

2)Ulfberht Swords:

1) Adam’s Bridge

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