One of the most enigmatic points of Cretan myths is the existence of a giant,bronze android .
Creation of god Hephaestus,present to king Minos,Talos was guarding Crete. Hephaestus put the blood of the gods(Ichor) in the giant android's vains
to give him life.
According to myth,Talos was moving around the island(2940 km) three times a day(the average speed to do that is 250 km/h),carrying the bronze plaques
with Minos' laws and taking care of the implementation of those laws.
The reason for his creation,was the armament of Minos,king of Crete and half brother of Hephaestus,with the ultimate defensive weapon:A giant
humanoid,which was wandering around the island 3 times a day and sank the enemy ships and destroy the invaders,either by throwing giant rocks or
burning the ships.His size is speculated
to be that of a 8 storey building.
And it's a fact that Crete didn't have defensive walls.Was it because King Minos was so powerful?Was it because of the scary myth of Talos or
because the myth wasn't a myth at all?
As Homer tells us in Iliad,Talos was not the only "robot" the god had created.He made golden handmaidens,that could move,talk and think like real
but there moved swiftly to support their lord handmaidens wrought of gold in
the semblance of living maids. In them is understanding in their hearts, and in them
speech and strength, and they know cunning handiwork by gift of the immortal gods.
Hephaestus had also created the tripod tables,that were all around his workshop and the gods used them to bring the food and drinks in their
for he was fashioning tripods, twenty in all, to stand around the wall of his
well-builded hall, and golden wheels had he set beneath the base of each that of
themselves they might enter the gathering of the gods at his wish and again return to
his house, a wonder to behold.
According to other sources Talos was created by Daedalus,well known engineer,which
among other things he created the maze where Minotaur lived and the guardians of the
maze: golden,moving statues in human size that were using mercury to operate.
Myth or real robots in the ancient world?None of these legendary creations were
found,so most will think that they are all fantasies.Even if they were all creations
of an imaginative artist,it's still amazing how people that supposedly never had any
advanced technology could imagine the impossible.
A few years back a man from Crete claimed that he found ,inside a mountain,the tomb
of King Minos.He said that the entrance of the tomb was guarded by gold statues that
where moving and some other amazing technologies for the protection of the
king.Unfortunatelly the archaeological department never took him seriously and noone
ever went there to investigate if this man was telling the truth.I was following his
story for a while,but then i lost track of him.
Homer-Iliad (book 18)
Apollonius of Rhodes-Argonautica(4,1644)
Ancient greek science ,Archetype publications