A factor of fundamental importance for the formation of pre-medieval culture was the contribution of Islam. With the expansion and consolidation of the Islamic world in the Mediterranean basin, the Arabs took on a decisive role in development of the sciences. Their knowledge of Greek culture was profound, and it is only thanks to their work that some Greek treatises have come down to us. Contacts with the Arab world were direct and frequent from the start of the Moslem expansion that rapidly occupied a large part of the Mediterranean basin and provided many opportunities for meeting and cohabitation between Christian and Islamic peoples; not least throught the prolonged presence of Moslem dynasties in Spain, intensified exchanges between Islamic and Christian culture. Finally, aim of this contribution is the description of the Jazari’s automatas and mechanisms and the existing links between Heron and Jazari (and Classical Greek and Islamic) scientific knolwledge.
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