Saturday, August 20, 2022

Antikythera mechanism latest

(ANCIENT) TECHNOLOGY WATCH: Antikythera mechanism: Ancient celestial calculator. The device tracked the motions of the sun, moon and five planets (Owen Jarus, Live Science). HT Rogue Classicism.

The Antikythera mechanism is not directly related to ancient Judaism. But some Second Temple-era Jews, such as the Enochians and the Qumran sect, were quite interested in astronomy, so I like to keep track of news on the mechanism.

Mr. Jarus has a good, readable summary of what we know about it. He also report on the latest discoveries in the shipwreck where it was found over a century ago.

I continue to wonder if the Enochian astronomers would have approved or disapproved of the Antikythera mechanism.

PaleoJudaica posts on the mechanism are here and links.

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