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Roller technology
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1. General survey

A roller in its simplest form is a cylindrical object that can turn on its longitudinal axis; barrel-shaped, tapered, and other surfaces are also technologically possible. The benefits of rollers are based on their round cross-section and their ability to turn continuously.

Rollers were already in use in antiquity to level the passageways in wrestling schools. In book 10 of his Ten Books on Architecture, Vitruvius describes the transport of column shafts.…

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Pichol, Karl, “Roller technology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030005>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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