Mokyr 8

why was the classical world less technologically creative than middle ages?

What about slavery as an explanation of lack of technological progress?

Large gap between educated class and working class--this feeds into later arguments

In the middle ages farmers got to keep some of the rewards if new technology allowed a larger harvest

in the classical world the reward system was better for public works than private enterprise
the reward system focused on military success and government administration, not business (except for trade)
very central control in the Roman empire--no competing centers of civilization
how does reward system play out in later arguments

What about religion?

not centralized but instead competing kings