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The Hydraulic Telegraph of Aeneas – Long-Distance Communication of Antiquity

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Representation of the Hydraulic Telegraph of Aeneas. Source: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

Advances in technology have drastically changed the way we live today compared to those of our ancient past. One type of technology that many of us may take for granted is the ability to communicate with others over long distances, or to large groups of people. A look back at ancient civilizations can give us insight today into the very first methods of long-distance communication. In 350 BC, a Greek named Aeneas invented the hydraulic telegraph, which was a means of quickly communicating important, fairly detailed information over long distances.

A relief of the Greek hydraulic telegraph of Aeneas, depicting one half of a telegraph system. (Public domain)

A relief of the Greek hydraulic telegraph of Aeneas, depicting one half of a telegraph system. (Public domain)

Aeneas – Inventing the Hydraulic Telegraph

Aeneas was a Greek writer who focused on military history, strategy, communications. He was one of the first authors to provide a guide on military communications, which were important for ensuring that any society had the ability to anticipate possible invasions, and to communicate strategy and tactics back and forth between groups.

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