Skip to comments.Did The Ancient Greeks Make A Computer?
Posted on 11/01/2003 9:21:03 AM PST by Holly_P
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He really oughta rethink that #2, as well, if you are that pissed at him. ;^)
That's a lot of reading and I didn't read it all. I've seen this (below) interperted as ice bergs and offered as proof that Brendan took a northern route during his visit to North America.
"St. Brendan = St. Brendanus (m.)
Brendan found a crystal tower in the sea and came to an island of giant smiths (Navigatio Sancti Brendani)."
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To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.Ancient ClepsydraeAccording to M. Vitruvius Pollio, the first improver of the ancient clepsydra, or water-clock, was Ctesibius of Alexandria, the son of a barber, who, about 245 years before Christ, spent much time in devising mechanical contrivances for removing not only the obstacle in question, but also another equally formidable one, which arose from the daily inequality of the Egyptian hours. As one-twelfth part of the time elapsed from sun-rise to sun setting on any day, was called an hour of that day ; and as one-twelfth part of the time that passed from full setting to sun-rise was called an hour of the night; not only did the hours of day differ from the hours of night, but from one another, at all times, except at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes ; hence it became necessary, either to make the water fall irregularly into a receiving vessel, with equidistant hour-marks, or to have varying hour-marks for a regular efflux...
from Rees's Clocks, Watches and Chronometers, 1819
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Why not. The Ancient Greeks had every bit of technology required to build a working steam engine. Imagine the Industrial Revolution at the time of Christ. That old Star Trek Episode with televised gladiator boughts and Son worshippers doesn't seem so far fetched.
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Must have been a trick or treater.
Posted on 11/01/2003 11:21:03 AM CST by Holly_P
That was over three years ago.
I didn't even know how to make paragraph breaks back then.
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