Offbeat

Man Of Brass

C-3P0, looking perplexed, as he always does.

C-3PO and R2-D2 are perhaps the most famous robot duo ever.

Does the tall, gleaming, punctilious, droid linguist have an ancestor? If he does, he could well be the fabled medieval automaton called “brazen head,” made of brass or bronze.

The being, which only had a head and no body, would be placed on a table or a chair. Mechanical or magical, he was typically, prophetic. He’d correctly answer any question asked of him, mostly in a “yes” or a “no.” He was said to have been owned by scholars, popes, wizards, and literary personages.

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