The “Syrakousia” Ship and the Mechanical Knowledge between Syracuse and Alexandria

  • Giovanni Di Pasquale
Conference paper
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 11)


In a very famous passage dealing with the life of Marcellus, Plutrarch says that Archimedes never wrote a text about mechanics and its practical applications (Plutarch, Life of Marcellus, 17): according to Plutarch, in fact, Archimedes would agreed with the classical Plato’s attack against the knowledge originating from technology and the practice of science because of their vague and inaccurate nature. This paper, focusing on the building of the famous ship “Syrakousia” and its description according to the only existing reference in Atheneus of Naucratis (Deipnosophistae, V, 40–44), is an attempt to rethink Archimedes’ position about mechanical knowledge and the cultural relationship between Syracuse and Alexandria.


Public Demonstration Ancient World Mechanical Knowledge Mechanical Science Famous Passage 
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  1. 1.Istituto e Museo di Storia della ScienzaFiItaly

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