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The Antikythera Mechanism: Timepiece of the Ancient World

dc.contributor.advisorSullivan, Dennis
dc.contributor.authorLocke, John
dc.description.abstractDiscovered in 1900 in an ancient Greek shipwreck, the Antikythera mechanism was supposedly capable of tracking the solar, lunar, eclipse, constellation, and planetary orbital calendars, in addition to the major athletic games in Greece (such as the Olympics). The device contained more than thirty gears that controlled all of these functions, and is considered to be the world's first functioning computer. One of the most complex and fascinating artifacts recovered to date from the ancient world, the Antikythera is simultaneously one of the most continuously studied and the most enigmatic devices ever to be constructed. The device was truly ahead of its time, and proves that the Greeks were capable of a technological prowess not witnessed again until the end of the Medieval Ages, nearly one and a half millennia after its invention.en_US
dc.subjectAntikythera, Ancient Greece, Ancient Artifacts, Underwater Excavation, Orrery, Orrery Devices, Solar Calendar, Lunar Calendar, Planetary Orbits, Constellations, Eclipses, Astronomy, Horology, Pan-Hellenic Games, Olympic Gamesen_US
dc.titleThe Antikythera Mechanism: Timepiece of the Ancient Worlden_US
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dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md)
dc.contributor.departmentTeaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)en_US

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