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Fall 2014


To the technologist, Greece was a place of dull cunning, whereas in art, it was a place of constant creative revolution. In this paper, I seek an avenue toward mending this discrepancy in the historiography of ancient Greece by examining the intersection of Greek art and technology in one device: the crane. Previous scholarship by Smith and others suggests that artistic innovation can lead to improvements in utilitarian techniques as well.1 If this holds true in ancient Greece, then we can begin to question how and why Greek improvements in the fine arts had a more lasting impact on the western world.