STEM(M) in the Ancient World: Computers, Robots, Neuroscience & Death Rays

CLAS 314

From the Hippocratic theorization on the origins of disease to the development of Greek robotics and analog computers, from Greek brain surgery to the rise of Roman nanotechnology: the ancient world was the birthplace of astronomy, atomic theory, advanced mathematics, mechanical engineering, the scientific method and more. In this course we’ll learn about the highly advanced STEM technologies of the Greeks and Romans and examine how we’re taking ancient tech into the future.

Course Curriculum and Features

This course is divided into five categories of ancient STEM knowledge: science, technology, engineering, math — and medicine. We’ll examine the origins and development of ancient technological fields, the reasons for their demise and the unlikely modern survivor of ancient tech innovation.

Designed For

Those interested in modern STEM fields as well as the history of science and human innovation.


Sarah C. Stroup
Associate Professor, Department of Classics

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.