Ancient Olympic 'Computer' Calculated Dates Of Games
Posted by Cora Nucci, Jul 31, 2008 10:00 AM
Researchers announced Wednesday that a geared device dating to the second century BC was used to calculate the dates for the first Olympic games.
It has long been known that the Antikythera Mechanism -- recovered in 1900 or 1901 from a shipwreck off the Greek coast -- was able to calculate and display celestial information, including cycles and phases of the moon sun.
Now, newly deciphered inscriptions on the device referencing the Olympics, and a dial designed to calculate the four-year Olympiad Cycle, reveal more about the device and how it was used by the Greeks. [...]
Now we know!!!
The complex mechanical computer dating to first century B.C was a perpetual calendar!