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Steampunk from 150BC: The Antikythera Mechanism

Antikythera Mechanism

The mechanism was salvaged off the coast of the island of Antikythera in 1900. Ever since then, people have been wondering what the heck it was for. I mean, here’s a device made in 150 BC, of a complexity that wouldn’t be seen again for a thousand years.

Early speculation on the device’s nature thought it might be an astrology device, but after the inscriptions were deciphered, this idea turned out to be false. The Antikythera Mechanism is actually an astronomy device, meant to keep track of celestial bodies, and the Olympic games.

Will this inspire a new genre of ancient steampunk novels?

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