Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

In the spring of 1900, at the tiny rocky island of Antikythera a violent storm drives a group of sponge divers to take shelter, after three days the storm finally subsided and one of the divers decided to try his luck under water, he finds something entirely unexpected. All around him on the seabed are corroded human limbs, horses and faces. It is the largest horde of ancient marble and bronze sculptures ever found, the cargo of an overloaded galley that sank over 2000 years ago, carrying treasure from Greek colonies in the Mediterranean conquered by rome.

Over the next 9 months the divers bring up some of Ancient Greece’s most beautiful artefacts, among these however a mysterious object is found, on close inspection an archaeologist discovers that this object is in fact a machine built out of finely crafted brass gears and cogs. This machine became known as The Antikythera Mechanism, the worlds first computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes, as well as the cycles of Olympic Games.

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