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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Aug 20, 2020

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:





The Antikythera Mechanism 


The Sphinx 



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