A Note on Adrienne Mayor’s Gods and Robots

  • Teun KoetsierEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 73)


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.


History of robots Greek mythology Historiography Daedalus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Faculty of ScienceVU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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