The Re-Inventors

Season 2 Episode 11

Roman Crane

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 24, 2011 on Smithsonian Channel
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Powered by a human-sized hamster wheel, the Roman crane was responsible for building some of the most impressive structures in history, including the Coliseum, the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Wall. Matt and Jeremy salute this invention the only way they know how: by resurrecting this 2nd Century giant of engineering. Follow them as they construct this massive piece of equipment to see how it worked and how much it can lift. It’s one of their biggest re-inventions they’ve ever built, and as they’ll soon discover, it’s also one of the most dangerous.moreless

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