Greek Mechanical Texts
Article by Ian on the manuscripts of mechanical texts by Hero of Alexandria that are in the British Library. Some of these manuscripts, although relatively late, have excellent multi-coloured diagrams that can be viewed with the British Library's online manuscript viewer.
Riding the Snail
Blog post about one of the few historical accounts of an ancient automaton in action—and one particular attempt to reconstruct it.
Hero's Automata: First Moves
Blog post introducing the project.
- D. Keenan-Jones, I. A. Ruffell & E. McGookin, ‘Taking a Bearing on Hero’s Anti-Crane and its Un-windlass: the Relationship between Hero of Alexandria’s Mobile Automaton and Greco-Roman Construction Machinery’, in J. DeLaine (ed.), Arqueología de la construcción V: Proceeding of the 5th International Workshop on the Archaeology of Roman Construction, Oxford, April 11-12, 2015, Anejos de Archivo Español de Arqueología 28 (Mérida: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, forthcoming 2016), 167–84.