On a laptop, one can learn that the ancient Greeks made advances in cartography, formed the basis of geometry and modern philosophy, created a concept of democracy and changed the practice of medicine. But were the Greeks skyping Hermes on their Dell laptops? After all, he was the god of travel, communication and language.
Some conspiracists find themselves stoked into a frenzy by a sculpture of a young girl holding up what looks very much like a laptop – complete with a couple of ports in its side. The carving, according to Yahoo News on Feb. 5, is titled “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant,” and it is being hotly debated for the strange computer-like object the servant girl is offering the woman.
The 100 BC statue is at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. According to Getty.edu, the woman, who is deceased, is reaching out for an item in an opened, “shallow chest.” The site explains: “The depiction of the deceased reaching out for an item held by a servant has a long history in Greek funerary art and probably alludes to the hope of continuing earthly pleasures in the afterlife.”
But conspiracy theorists, deniers, truthers, whatever they choose to call themselves, will have none of such scientific, rational explanation.
Says on YouTuber a fellow who calls himself StillSpeakingOut: “I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer,” he said. “But when I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.”
So it is a laptop then. Obtained via time travel. Gotcha. And they would charge it by…
Then again, Mr. StillSpeakingOut has a number of videos catalogued for our viewing pleasure, all of which will tickle that tinfoil hat wearing part of our brain that indulges in scheming, counterplotting and government machinations. To wit: Bill Gates caused the Vika virus, alien skulls found by Nazis, Hyundai commercials that are actually spots for the Illuminati and NYC food cart sausage vendors who have inserted nanobots into the falafel that will activate and force us to tip them 20 percent.
Okay, we fabricated that last one.
But this “laptop” is evidence of what some call an anachronistic object – an out-of-place object, an inconsistency in some arrangement or events in time. Like this time traveler who showed up in a Charlie Chaplin film and walked by, busily chatting on his cell phone. Perhaps the video chat app on his tablet wasn’t working.
So what do you think? Is this an ancient Greek laptop?