History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Science and Technology in Homeric Epics

Editors: Paipetis, S. A. (Ed.)

  • Selected papers from a unique conference that will appeal to a very wide range of readers
  • During the week that the symposium took place in August 2006 in ancient Olympia, practically all the daily papers of Athens and the provincial press were reporting on the presentations with full-page or front page reports
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In the Homeric Epics, important references to specific autonomous systems and mechanisms of very advanced technology, such as automata and artificial intelligence, as well as to almost modern methods of design and production are included. Even if those features of Homeric science were just poetic concepts (which on many occasions does not explain the astonishing details of design and manufacture, like the ones included in the present volume), they seem to prove that these achievements were well within human capability. In addition, the substantial development of machine theory during the early post-Homeric age shows that the Homeric descriptions were a kind of prophetic conception of these machines, and scientific research must be a quest for the fundamental principles of knowledge available during the Late Bronze Age and the dawn of the Iron Age.

Such investigations must of necessity be strongly interdisciplinary and also proceed continuously in time, since, as science progresses, new elements of knowledge are discovered in the Homeric Epics, amenable to scientific analysis.

This book brings together papers presented at the international symposium Science and Technology in Homeric Epics, which took place at Ancient Olympia in 2006. It includes a total of 41 contributions, mostly original research papers, covering diverse fields of science and technology, in the modern sense of these words.

Table of contents (41 chapters)

  • Mycenaean Technology

    Tassios, T. P.

    Pages 3-33

  • Autagreton

    Mikrogiannakis, Emmanuel

    Pages 35-39

  • Archimedes' Count of Homer's Cattle of the Sun

    Rorres, Chris

    Pages 43-66

  • Vortices in Homer's Odyssey — A Scientific Approach

    Vatistas, Georgios H.

    Pages 67-75

  • The Homeric Automata and Their Implementation

    Kalligeropoulos, D. (et al.)

    Pages 77-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science and Technology in Homeric Epics
Editors
  • S. A. Paipetis
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8784-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8784-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8783-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8531-0
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 536
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