Hero of Alexandria and his Theatrical Automata


Online Articles

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.