Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Extreme Engineering of the Ancients

© MONDOLITHIC STUDIOS: This digital painting was commissioned by National Geographic Kids for a special issue on the 7 Wonders of the World.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria (or The Pharos of Alexandria, Greek: ὁ Φάρος τῆς Ἀλεξανδρείας) was a tower built in the 3rd century BC (between 285 and 247 BC) on the island of Pharos in Alexandria, Egypt to serve as that port’s landmark, and later, its lighthouse.

When faced with impossible situations, our ancestors  didn't simply give up, they pursued the impossible. Join us today on Far Future Horizons for another exciting episode of Ancient Impossible.

Pharos of Alexandria

This episode of Ancient Impossible explorers the Extreme Engineering projects undertaken by Ancient Civilizations.

Ancient Egyptian Thirty Foot Giant Circular Saw

How did they get troops across a nearly 4,000 foot river? How do you get oil from the ground without the use of modern drilling techniques?

Caesar's Rhine bridge

And how did they build a water tank which contained 3 million cubic feet of water, enough to provide for an entire city? What ingenious techniques did Caesar use to assemble a bridge to cross the Rhine, in only 10 days? 

The ancients created incredible structures to overcome these obstacles, often taking on and beating nature, using engineering methods that seem more modern than you would imagine.

This instalment of Ancient Impossible Can be purchased direct from Amazon Instant video

Ancient Impossible ~ Extreme Engineering

Ancient Impossible S01 E10 - Extreme Engineering by kaanozten
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