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Ancient Machines of the Gods

Temples that could roar with thunder. Statues that could speak. Chariots that levitated in the air. Sculptures that cried tears of blood.

These are some fascinating examples of ancient machines that were dedicated to adding life and spectacle to artistic representations in the temples, which were designed to entertain and symbolize the spiritual world.

This documentary explores inventions of the Greek and Roman period, as well as Egyptian antiquities.

The technology of these machines were used to enhance the experience and worship of the gods through creating magical, theatrical illusions. Heron of Alexandria played an important role as one of the great inventors of the time.

See how these elaborate ancient devices, used only in the temples (house of the gods) at the time, amazed worshipers, made them feel connected to the gods, and maintained a sense of awe.

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