From the Vault: Talos

'Medeia and Talus' by Sybil Tawse (1920) Wikimedia/Public Domain

Among the many humanoid gods and bestial monsters of Greek mythology, one finds a peculiar outlier: Talos the bronze automaton. Said to stalk the shores of Crete, Talos pelted suspicious ships with rocks and immolated enemy soldiers with its smoldering embrace. Does this myth reveal Greek attitudes toward technology? What existing technologies can we decode in its description? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published Jan. 2, 2018)

Related Content:

The First Monster (podcast)

Unraveling the Mythic (podcast)

‘The Rage of Achilles’ and the Bicameral Mind

Are terminators real?

Outside Content:

'Talos and Daedalus: A Review of the Authorship of the Abominable Bronze Man' by Merlin Peris (PDF)