Steampunk Rome I: An Ancient Industrial Revolution (Almost) – Roman History

For our final series, we’re doing the steam technology of the ancient world that died and had to be resurrected in 18th-century Europe. How close was Rome to being able to construct a working steam locomotive? That may sound silly, but you won’t think so after this episode!

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Time/place: The Roman Empire, 10-70 CE

Dead Idea: Ancient Steam Technology

Co-host: Andre Sólo

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The Roman Empire at its greatest extent, 117 CE

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