Rome wasn’t built in a day

A change of pace this week, instead of going for the hi-tech gadgets, we’re going to be talking about the lack of technology and how even simple tools and gadgets have made us reliant on them in our daily lives and professions.

A television show in UK on Channel 4 called “Rome Wasn’t Built in a day” is about 6 professional builders who are attempting to construct a Roman era villa using traditional methods used in AD 320 using only tools and materials available to the Romans in that era.

Quite an undertaking as the builders soon realise, having to hand cut about 30,000 bricks using hammer and chisel, hand cutting wood for carpentry, inventing their own limestone mortar, winches and pulleys to pull the multi-ton weighing wooden infastructure into place, etc. All the while being supervised by ancient Roman historians, one of which had quite an argument with the builders about their use of wheelbarrows (not yet invented in the Roman period).

It’s a testament to Roman ingenuity and craftsmanship. Buildings such as the leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum still stand today and we’re built without advanced tools or technology. Many buildings built today with readily available technology and machine power can within a decade or two, be crumbling and deemed unsafe.

To me the show highlights how even though technology makes our lives easier, it isn’t bad to go back to basics and appreciate the time and craftsmanship it takes to make something right, especially in the realm of architecture and building.

You can find more information on the show here

Next episode of the show will be on Thursday 27th Jan at 9pm on Channel 4.

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