1st century Pumping Station, Athens, Greece

Dennis Melling

Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania

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In the 1st century I was just walking along a street in Athens when I saw that they had opened a new pumping station. This is my vector drawing of that 1st century Greek Pumping Station together with a steam powered chariot having it’s pneumatic tyres inflated by one of the wind powered air pumps.

Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria (c. AD 10–70) was an ancient Greek mathematician and engineer who was active in his native city of Alexandria, Roman Egypt. He is considered the greatest experimenter of antiquity and his work is representative of the Hellenistic scientific tradition.

Hero published a well recognized description of a steam-powered device called an aeolipile (hence sometimes called a “Hero engine”). Among his most famous inventions was a windwheel, constituting the earliest instance of wind harnessing on land.

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