A Note on Adrienne Mayor’s Gods and Robots

Teun Koetsier*

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Recently Adrienne Mayor wrote Gods and Robots, Myths, Machines and Ancient Dreams of Technology [6] in which she gives a wonderful and extensive survey of the role that automata played in Greek and Roman mythology. Yet myths are no historical narrative. We discuss in what sense Mayor’s book is a valuable contribution to the history of technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mechanism and Machine Science
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science
EditorsTadeusz Uhl
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030201319
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


  • Daedalus
  • Greek mythology
  • Historiography
  • History of robots


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