Technology and Science from Antiquity to the Modern Age

The Department of Ancient History and its partner, the DLR (German Aerospace Center), run joint courses on the history of technology and science. In these courses, we observe developments in astronomy, geography, meteorology, mathematics, mechanics et al. from antiquity to the modern age. Apart from a theoretical considerations, we reconstruct practical experiments from classical antiquity. First, our students are introduced to an analysis and evaluation of the classical sources. At the DLR, they are gaining an insight into a modern research facility, which mainly focuses on aviation, space flight, energy and traffic. In the individual classes, we carve out the differences between modern and classical concepts of technology and science. However, we also stress how and where roots of modern research are to be found in antiquity - and how many of the basic methodological concepts common in today´s sciences were already known and present in classical antiquity.