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MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.
20 Aug 2020 • 1 hour 3 mins
MonsterTalk Classic interviews return with a look at robots and automata of the ancient classical world. Adrienne Mayor joins us to talk about her book Gods and Robots (book) (audiobook) and how the ancient world envisioned in myth (and reality) early conceptions of automated servants and robotic devices. Mentioned in the episode: Talos Shabti Daedalus Icarus The Antikythera Mechanism Mithradates The Sphinx Kali Buddha Jason and the Argonauts (Harryhausen) Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (Harryhausen) === Other Works by Adrienne Mayor === Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times