National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Daryn Lehoux

Affiliation: Queen's University

Daryn Lehoux is Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University, and helds his degrees from the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto (MA and PhD).  His research interests are ancient sciences (astronomy, astrology and life sciences), epistomology, observation, and astrometeorology.  HIs publications include Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World (2007), What Did the Romans Know? (2012), and Ancient Science (forthcoming), and he is the holder of an Insight Grant in Social Sciences and Humanities (2015-2020) from the Research Council of Canada.


The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most remarkable technological devices from the premodern era. Originally found in the debris of an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the device was little studied and little understood until much later in the twentieth and even into the twenty-first century when its most important secrets began to be unveiled by advanced imaging techniques. This lecture looks at the remarkable technological and astronomical knowledge embedded in the ancient machine, and the remarkable technological efforts that it took to uncover them in the modern era.

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