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Science and Technology in Homeric Epics

  • S. A. Paipetis

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. General Themes

    1. T. P. Tassios
      Pages 3-33
    2. Emmanuel Mikrogiannakis
      Pages 35-39
  3. Mathematics and Physics

    1. D. Kalligeropoulos, S. Vasileiadou
      Pages 77-84
    2. Taha Showleh
      Pages 85-91
    3. S. A. Paipetis
      Pages 93-100
  4. Materials

    1. Beatriz Comendador-Rey, Susana Reboreda-Morillo, Winfried Kockelmann, Mike Macdonald, Tony Bell, Manolis Pantos
      Pages 113-131
    2. E. Pantos, J. Davidovits, M. Gelfi, G. Cornacchia, E. Bontempi, P. Colombi et al.
      Pages 139-164
  5. DefensiveWeapons

    1. S. A. Paipetis, V. Kostopoulos
      Pages 181-203
    2. A. J. N. W. Prag, R. Garner, E. Pantos, S. L. Bennett, J. F. W. Mosselmans, M. J. Tobin et al.
      Pages 205-220
  6. Telecommunications

  7. Geology — Geomechanics

    1. Dimitrios Zekkos, George Athanasopoulos, Adda Athanasopoulos Zekkos, Ioannis Manousakis
      Pages 233-242
    2. P. K. Askouni, H. A. Agelopoulou, M. G. Sfakianakis, D. E. Beskos
      Pages 257-265
  8. Medicine

    1. S. Geroulanos, A. Tasouli, E. Lymberopoulou, K. Papadopoulos
      Pages 269-274

About this book


In the Homeric Epics, important references to specific autonomous systems and mechanisms of very advanced technology, such as automata and artificial intelligence, as well as to almost modern methods of design and production are included. Even if those features of Homeric science were just poetic concepts (which on many occasions does not explain the astonishing details of design and manufacture, like the ones included in the present volume), they seem to prove that these achievements were well within human capability. In addition, the substantial development of machine theory during the early post-Homeric age shows that the Homeric descriptions were a kind of prophetic conception of these machines, and scientific research must be a quest for the fundamental principles of knowledge available during the Late Bronze Age and the dawn of the Iron Age.

Such investigations must of necessity be strongly interdisciplinary and also proceed continuously in time, since, as science progresses, new elements of knowledge are discovered in the Homeric Epics, amenable to scientific analysis.

This book brings together papers presented at the international symposium Science and Technology in Homeric Epics, which took place at Ancient Olympia in 2006. It includes a total of 41 contributions, mostly original research papers, covering diverse fields of science and technology, in the modern sense of these words.


Homer Homeric epics Ilias Troja machines mechanisms technology transfer

Editors and affiliations

  • S. A. Paipetis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering & AeronauticsUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science and Technology in Homeric Epics
  • Editors S. A. Paipetis
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-8783-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8531-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-8784-4
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 536
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Design
    History of Science
    History, general
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