Next you'll be telling us the Romans invented the spork
And there you were tinking that the Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife in your pocket was a relatively modern invention. Not so - the Romans had multi-tool gadgets too. Case in point: the "compound utensils" held in the collection of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Musuem, snaps of which were recently posted on the institution's website …
So the second image is the original and the first is a replica?
Wonder what all the non-knife pointy things were for. Eating utensil or more something for a field medic? Oh, and now for some SCA nuts to make a replica and _try it_.
The implications are interesting. Their mechanical tech level was apparently higher than we think. Then again they did manage to hide it pretty well underneath all those slaves they had to find some use for. In that they were holding themselves back; our tech is in large part both cause and effect of high labour expenses and therefore driving force behind more tech.
Tangentially, what if we run out of cheap labour pools to abuse?
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