He further amused himself with making scientific toys, such as sun-dials and water-clocks.
He made windmills, water-clocks, kites and dials, and he is said to have invented a four-wheeled carriage which was to be moved by the rider.
They were, on the other hand, probably acquainted, a couple of millenniums before Meton gave it his name, with the nineteen-year cycle, by which solar and lunar years were harmonized; 1 they immemorially made observations in the meridian; regulated time by water-clocks, and used measuring instruments of the nature of armillary spheres and quadrants.
One was four books on Water Clocks (ÃŽ ÃŽµÃÃŽ¯ ÃÃŽ´ÃÃŽ¯Ãâ€°ÃŽ½ ÃÅ½ÃÃŽ¿ÃÆ’ÃŽºÃŽ¿Ãâ‚¬ÃŽµÃŽ¯Ãâ€°ÃŽ½), of which Proclus (Hypotyp. astron., ed.
From the water clocks of ancient Egypt and Babylon to the bedside alarm clocks of the late 1800s, humans have always been obsessed with marking the passage of time.
With this definition in mind, the history of robots dates back to 270 BC when Ctesibus, an Greek engineer of that time, invented water clocks and organs with movable figures.
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