Did humanoid robots exist in the ancient Greece? Are the accounts of them purely fictional? Can they be the distant echoes of some events that took place at the dawn of modern humankind? We will not jump to conclusions. Instead, we will take a closer look at the ancient mythology from the point of view of historical retrospective.Legend has it that Hephaestus, the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking and handicrafts, “forged” two dozen copper tripods, which could move about the place “on the golden wheels” as if they were self-propelled (or automatic?).The devices are said to have been used forrendering services to gods who visited Hephaestus.
Could they be some kind of a remote-controlled robot or automatic means of transporting?
Hephaestus had a limp, and therefore he also “forged” two maids who were made of gold.
Those maids were “strong,
sensible and could express themselves in words.” They supported
Hephaestus by the hand while accompanying him during outings, waited on
him, and amused him with their singing. They “were in possession of
every piece of knowledge taught by the immortal gods,” according to
Another Greek myth says
about the “copper giant” named Thalos, which was also made by
Hephaestus. Zeus ordained that the giant should defend the island of
Crete. Thalos had an all-metal body topped with a horned head. There
was asingle artery running from top to toe of his body. The artery was
plugged with a “copper nail.” The copper giant patrolled the island,
and kept the enemy ships at bay by throwing rocks at them. He was also
a mouthpiece of Minos, a king of Crete.
Thalos began throwing “red
flame” around him after the enemy invaded Crete. Thalos managed to send
the enemies running. However, the sorceress Medea outsmarted the giant
with the help of “false visions.” Then she took the plug out of the
artery, and the giant’s black oily blood came rushing onto the ground.
As a result, Thalos’s strength thinned out. Crete became extremely
vulnerable to enemy attacks.
In terms of technology, the
following analogies fall into place if we see the story of Thalos
through the eyes of a twenty-first-century man: the “black oilybloo......
In October, 2005, a truck pulled up outside the National Archeological Museum in Athens, and workers began unloading an eight-ton X-ray machine that its designer, X-Tek Systems of Great Britain, had dubbed the Bladerunner. Standing just inside the National Museum’s basement was Tony Freeth, a sixty-year-old British mathematician and filmmaker, watching as workers in white T-shirts wrestled the Range Rover-size machine through the door and up the ramp into the museum. Freeth was a member of the A...Did an Ancient Language of Universal Symbols Exist?
A computer in antiquity would seem to be an anachronism, like Athena ordering takeout on her cellphone. But a century ago, pieces of a strange mechanism with bronze gears and dials were recovered from an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Greece. Historians of science concluded that this was an instrument that calculated and illustrated astronomical information, particularly phases of the Moon and planetary motions, in the second century B.C.The Antikythera Mechanism, sometimes calledthe world’s...Ancient Nuclear Weapons!
it really possible that the Ancient Indians had the capacity to deploy
devastating nuclear weapons against their enemies? Moreover is it really
possible, as many Ufologists claim, that awesomely powerful nuclear weapons were
actually given to the ancient Indian warriors by extraterrestrials, highly
advanced spacemen from other planets? well passages from ancient Indian national
epics certainly Appear to be evidence of such astonishing claims.
It i...Ancient Egyptian Alchemy
Anthony North: In the early years of the 20th century an artifact was recovered from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. Dated to about 80BC, it was considered a mere artifact. However in 1971 research on the Antikythera Mechanism showed it to have an intricate arrangement of gears, dials and graded plates. One theory is that it was a computing device to work out the movement of the Sun and planets. If this idea is true, then the ancients had a degree of technology way above previou...High-Tech Wars Described in Ancient Texts!
Sanskrit texts are filled
with references to gods who fought battles in the sky using Vimanas equipped
with weapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more enlightened times.
Sanskrit texts are filled with references to gods who fought battles in the sky
using Vimanas equipped with weapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more
enlightened times. For example, there is a passage in the Ramayana which reads:
"The Puspaka car that resembles the Sun ...Skeleton Shows Ancient Brain Surgery
Archaeologists have unearthed the skull of a young woman in northern Greece who is believed to have undergone head surgery in the third century, Greek news media reported Wednesday. A Greek team discovered the skeleton at an ancient cemetery in Veria, with the skull including an injury that led them to conclude the surgery had been performed. "We think that there was a complex surgical intervention that only an experienced doctor could have performed," said IoannisGraikos, the ...An Ancient Greek 'Computer'
by Derek J. de Solla Price From June 1959 Scientific American p.60-7
In 1901 divers working off the isle of Antikythera found
the remains of a clocklike mechanism 2,000 years old. The mechanism now
appears to have been a device for calculating the motions of stars and planets
among the treasures of the Greek National
Archaeological Museum in Athens are the remains of the most complex scientific
object that has been preserved from antiquity. Corroded and crumblin...