The Han And Roman Views On Technology

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The Hans and Romans lived of miles apart from each other. Both with their unique culture but they were surprisingly similar with their attitudes towards technology.The Han and Romans attitudes were overall supportive and thought it was important although some disliked technology or did not think it was important and some people thought technology was important but thought it could be improved.

Attitudes towards technology were overall supportive and thought it was important especially in the upper class. Document eight is a good example of this a Roman government general also a water commissioner talks about how with technology, it allows them to have an abuntance of water. This shows that he liked what technology can do and thought it was important and as a water commissioner he knew how important water is. He is biased because as a comissioner of water he was a part of making the aqueducts and wants people to think he did a good job with it to make sure he is on good terms with the people. People also support technology due to what they have been taught. In document four talks about how Tu Shih was a good governor and how his inventions was very beneficial as it allowed huge benefit for minimal labor. This shows that this document was for technology say how much it is helped the community. Document four is biased as it is a government-sponsored history and the government will only teach subjects that they think support the government as they want to show the government and the best light to ensure the population supports it. As well as generals and the government some upper-class philosophers supported technology this is clear in document three, An upper class Han philosopher talks about an emperor made the pestle and mortor that has been modified and improved over time to increase the benefit extensively. This shows he supports technology as he talks about how beneficial and efficient technology. He is biased because as an upper class philosposer in the Han dynasty he was probably a confucist. As a confucist he believed in respecting your elders and he is showing respect to the emperor by supporting the technology the emperor invented. Citizens from the upper-class also supported technology this is evident in document six when a citizen an official describe the roads during second century B.C.E. He loved how technology made it possible to create roads so they are leveled and look good. He thought technology was important and liked what it could do since it help them create the roads which he was excited about. As a high official he had some say on how the roads will be built and how. He wants to be positive because the people to think he made the right decision so he keeps his popularity with the citizens. Majority of the Han and the Romans supported technology either because they worked on it and want to show it in a good light or it is what they have been taught, either way they see technology as important and good.

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