Devices for Distance and Time Measurement at the Time of Roman Empire

  • Flavio Russo
  • Cesare Rossi
  • Marco Ceccarelli
  • Ferruccio Russo
Conference paper


In this paper, devices for measuring distances and time intervals are presented as conceived and used during Roman Empire since they represent the most important means of practices and developments both for scientist and engineers. The constructions and operations of main devices are discussed by using modern reconstructions and interpretations with the aim to sow the expertise in mechanism design at the time of the Roman Empire.


Roman machines Odometers Water clocks Ctesibius Vitruvius 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flavio Russo
    • 1
  • Cesare Rossi
    • 2
  • Marco Ceccarelli
    • 3
  • Ferruccio Russo
    • 4
  1. 1.USSME Historical Bureau HQ Italian ArmyItaly
  2. 2.University of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  3. 3.University of CassinoCassinoItaly
  4. 4.USSME Historical Bureau HQ Italian ArmyNaplesItaly

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