Ancient laptop?: Ancient Greek Laptop
Published: February 6, 2016
Ancient laptop?: Ancient Greek Laptop, Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory? People are going nuts over an ancient Greek statue that some say depicts a woman using a laptop with USB ports.
Yes, a laptop. As in, could this be evidence that time travel exists?
The statue, “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant,” is on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif., and was used as a funeral marker in 100 BC.
The sculpture, which is a little over 37 inches tall, depicts a woman sitting on a throne-like chair as a young servant holds open a thin box for her to inspect.
In 2014, a video on the YouTube channel “Still Speaking Out,” claimed the object could be proof of time travel, The Daily Mail reported.
In the YouTube video, the group says the object is too wide to be a jewelry box and notes that the woman is looking at the screen like one would with a laptop.
“[The statue] depicts an astonishing object that bears a striking resemblance to a modern laptop or some handheld device,” the YouTube video says.
With renewed interest in the sculpture, people are again commenting on the video and on social media.
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Naysayers to the laptop theory, and there are a lot, say that the object could be many different things, including a small pizza or a cosmetic box.
The object looks a lot like a wax tablet that Greeks used for writing with a stylus, according to Bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove of Forbes, who recently debunked the theory.
And even if it’s not a wax tablet, Killgrove notes that despite the thin edges of the box, the artist may still have meant it to depict a jewelry box.
“It’s not until the Romans embraced realism that we get truly realistic depictions of people and things, after all,” Killgrove reported.
And as for the USB ports? The holes may once have held “wooden or other perishable objects,” according to Killgrove.
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