Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ancient Robots: Heron of Alexandria

Heron of Alexandria... Alexandria of Heron... Poe-tay-toe, Poe-tah-toe. What really matters is that he made some very impressive robots.

  • An Aeolipile
  • Automatic Doors
  • The complex fountain (We couldn't find a good video-- sorry)
  • The Automatic Theater:
  • Heron's Automatic Theater
    12 Danaer are building their ships. The figures move automatically, cutting the wood for the ships

    The doors of the Theater close, they open again and a new scene appears; The Danaer move their ships into the sea.
    The doors close and open with an empty sea shown
    Next scene, ships with dolphins jumping from time to time
    Next scene, only dolphins jumping from time to time
    Next scene, a sea-storm, the ships move up and down
    Next scene, Nauplios and Athena appear. Nauplios cares a burning torch
    Next scene, Ajax is seen with the sunken ships
    Next scene, A loud thunder, Aias sinks in the water hit by a thunderbolt, Athena appears

Music by: Pierlo

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