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Hero Of Alexandria and his wondrous automaton.
October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$5.00 – $30
Join the Abbey Museum Friends for their Annual Luncheon and Presentation “Hero of Alexandria and his wondrous automaton: digital experimental archaeology in action”, presented by Dr Duncan Keenan-Jones.
Two thousand years ago, Hero of Alexandria described the building of primitive robots called automata, in particular a mobile shrine that performed rituals such as sacrifices and libations. Hero claims that his text is a DIY guide to building such automata. During the Leverhulme-funded project Hero of Alexandria and his Theatrical Automata (https://automata.arts.gla.ac.uk/), we tested Hero’s devices and his claims by building his mobile automaton in a computer-aided design (CAD) package.
In this talk Dr Keenan-Jones will present the results of this digital experimental archaeology and discuss to what extent Hero’s text is a technical treatise, exaggeration/self-aggrandisement and/or a playful work of imagination.
Luncheon at 1:00pm
Talk commences at 2:00pm