Scientists recently learned an ancient computer that predicted eclipses and other astronomical events also shows the cycle of the Olympics.
The inclusion of the data about the Olympic Games on what is now called the Olympiad Dial of the clock-like mechanism was a surprise to the researchers because the dates of the ancient Olympics, held every fourth summer from 776 BC to AD 393, would have been well known to the populace, just as the time of the modern Olympics is now.
"The inclusion of the Olympiad Dial says more about the cultural importance of the Games than about their advanced technology," said Tony Freeth of Images First Ltd. in London, who was a member of the research team that reported the results in the journal Nature.
The device is believed to have been made in 100 BC. It was found in 1901 in a Roman shipwreck, but it wasn't until 2006 when information was deciphered.
While the science of the Olympiad Dial shows the games' impact on ancient civilization, residents of Beijing yearn for more knowledge. They appear to be patiently waiting to travel back in timewith friends Bill and Ted. Hate to say it, but that's going to be real difficult with no Rufus.