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More than 21 centuries ago, a mechanism of fabulous ingenuity was created in Greece, a device capable of indicating exactly how the sky would look for decades to come — the position of the moon and sun, lunar phases and even eclipses. But this incredible invention would be drowned in the sea and its secret forgotten for two thousand years.
This video is a tribute from Swiss clock-maker Hublot and film-maker Philippe Nicolet to this device, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, or the world’s “first computer”.
The fragments of the Mechanism were discovered in 1901 by sponge divers near the island of Antikythera.
It is kept since then at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece. For more than a century, researchers were trying to understand its functions.
Since 2005, a pluridisciplinary research team, the “Antikythera Mechanism Research Project”, is studying the Mechanism with the latest high tech available.
The results of this ongoing research has enabled the construction of many models. Amongst them, the unique mechanism of a watch, designed by Hublot as a tribute to the Mechanism, is incorporating the known functions of this mysterious and fascinating ancient Mechanism.
A model of the Antikythera Mechanism, built by the Aristotle University in Greece, together with the mechanism of the watch and this film in 3D are featuring in an exhibition about the Mechanism that is taking place in Paris, at the Musée des Arts et Métiers.
The original fragments of the Mechanism, its main models and the watch designed by Hublot are on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.
With his official death certificate and cause of death officially released— more than two and a half months after his death, beloved pop singer George Michael will finally be laid to rest in a traditional Greek Orthodox burial that is believed to be officiated by “top Greek Orthodox clerics” in the United Kingdom.
The death certificate used his birth name, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, but referred to the star being otherwise known as George Michael and the body was released to his sister, Panayiota Panayiotou, according to the public documents.
A source not authorized to speak publicly and asking to remain anonymous who works at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain said that “top Greek Orthodox clerics” at the Archdiocese, which oversees the British Isles parishes, were involved in burial plans and that the funeral could take place as early as this Sunday.
The British media have speculated that Michael could be laid to rest at Highgate Cemetery where his mother Lesley is buried, but the family has kept all details of date and location quiet.
Lesley Panayiotou’s grave at Highgate Cemetery
The singer’s official cause of death was recorded on the certificate as ‘dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a fatty liver’, crushing speculation and tabloid reports that drugs were involved.
Death certificate naming the deceased as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Following Michael’s passing, details emerged of his tremendous philanthropy, including his passionate support of a Greek charity that supports people with Thalassemia, an blood disorder that has affected many of his own friends and family who hail from Cyprus.
Even months after the singer’s death, the scene outside his home continues to be a pilgrimage site for beloved fans from throughout the world.
Outside George Michael’s house, where fans have come from throughout the world to pay tribute to the pop star.