I’m actually in the public library in my hometown. Well, not me, like in person, but two of my books are, and me being a library stalker, I am one happy dude.
They invented concrete. Yeah. I know. In the 3rd century BC, they mixed water with rock, volcanic dust, and gypsum or lime. That’s like 2500 years ago? Give or take a couple of hundred years?
Concrete was the primary reason Rome’s buildings still stand today and are visited by millions of people. The arch, columns, domes, and aesthetics had been borrowed from multiple different cultures Rome had conquered and absorbed into their Empire, but with the invention of concrete, they could make these builds bigger and stronger.
Check out these buildings!
From the floor to the top of the dome is 141 feet. No supporting columns. Just open space. This building technology was lost for centuries during the Dark Ages. Incredible right? No power drills and no giant Caterpillar machines. And it’s still standing and wonderful.
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