Nik Taylor wrote:
> Padraic Brown wrote:
> > Reminds me of the opening scenes of the "Aquiliad", where the Greek
> > slave is reading to his young Roman master, while they're travelling
> > in his fathers steam powered automobile to see a crucifiction.
> Steam-powered automobile? Is this some sort of alternate-history where
> Rome never fell or a humdinger of an anachronism? :-)
Actually, the Romans did have access to steam-driven engines of
sorts. I think it was Hieron of Alexandria (during Hellenistic times)
that made quite a few devices using steam. Most of them failed
industrially because slaves were just too cheap.
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