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May 04, 2005


Clayton Adams

According to Roman France, by Paul MacKendrick, the architect for the mill complex at Barbegal is Q. Candidius Benignus. He is buried in the Alyscamps cemetery in Arles. Carved on the grave is:
"for none surpassed him in the art of constructing machines and watercourses".
Several other sources for information about the mill are:
Benoit, Arts et Livres en Provence
Eydoux, Monuments et Tresors de la Gaul
Bromwich, The Roman Remains of Southern France
Sellin, History of Technology
Sagui, History of Science Society publication ISIS, 38(February)

Philip J Bradbury

I visited Barbegal a couple of years ago and it made a profound impression on me. I just read Mokyr's book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195074777/002-5246166-5822440?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance
which whilst a bit heavy going later on is a fascinating analysis of how societies and technologies develop (or not). Thanks for your site - I googled'Barbegal'.


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