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Ancient Greece

In 5th century Greece, the Greeks had some machines to aid them in giving off fantastic plays (at least during that time). There was a machine called ekkyklema was a device for revealing tableaux. This was mostly for  showing dead bodies. Some say it revolved.
There was also a Mechane which was a crane used to show people in flight (mostly for show off the gods).

ekky.jpg

crane.jpg

The Mechane (found at
www.aug.edu/~nprinsky/.../
GalleryPaperAsst.htm )

ON TO ROME!

Brockett, Oscar G. History of the  Theatre. Needham Heights, Massachusettes. 1995

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