Quote of the Day (on coinage as a technological advance)

February 5, 2010

The Romans and Greeks who enjoyed the lavish bath complexes that adorned their cities, congregated around the splendid nymphaea, and traveled the fine new roads could do so because they had money. Coinage had given them that freedom and, for this reason above all others, was the most potent of all ancient technological advances.

– Andrew Meadows, “Technologies of Calculation, Part 2: Coinage.” In J. P. Oleson, ed.,  The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (2008) page 776.