A statue depicting a young girl holding what looks like a laptop has sparked a frenzy among conspiracy theorists.
The statue, called ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant”, went viral this week after YouTube user StillSpeakingOut uploaded a video implying it was proof that the Ancient Greeks had engaged in time travel.
Stretching 120 centimetres across and 94 centimetres wide, the funerary statue shows a wealthy woman reclining in an armchair, reaching for an object help by a servant girl.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in California, where the statue is on display, says the object is a “shallow chest” but StillSpeakingOut says it, “depicts an astonishing object which bears a striking resemblance with a modern laptop or some handheld device.”
“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.”
We probably don’t have to tell you that the claim is ridiculous. The object certainly isn’t a modern laptop.
The object is likely a flat box, mirror or wax writing tablet which was used to create official documents like birth certificates.
"If we look at other similar depictions in Greek art, we can see that a tablet - of the ancient variety, not the modern kind - looks a lot like a small laptop, and like the object in this grave marker," Kristina Killgrove writes for Forbes.
"Usually, it is men who are depicted with a wax tablet, though, so why this wealthy woman? There is also evidence of the goddess Athena being shown with a writing tablet and stylus, so the association between the wealthy deceased woman and Athena via a wax tablet makes some sense."
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