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Technology and the Technological in Classical Antiquity (CLAM085)

15 credits

This module seeks to define technology by interrogating the conceptual distinction between nature and art (technĂȘ), and between organic and inorganic life. Understood as a procedure that runs contrary to nature, the notion of technology in the ancient world encompasses – apart from mechanics and machinery – procedures such as prosthetics, athletics and pharmaceutics that enhance a body. We will investigate specific technical texts and how they interconnect with literary texts. We will examine the ethical issues raised in relation to the (ab)use of technology, and explore how modern engagements with technology affect the concept in the ancient world