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"The elevator has a history of at least 2,000 years: Rome’s Colosseum had a system of twelve winch-powered elevators operated by slaves to lift wild animals and gladiators straight into the bloody action of the arena."

There may be powerful winches and powerless winches; is there a fixed value of winch-power?

The source: Stephen Graham's Vertical
  • Uncle Jack

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    It's not a particularly helpful description (most modern elevators use winches), and "powered by" isn't really appropriate. It would have been better to use "winch-operated" and "powered by slaves".


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