The Cult of Archimedes’ Death Ray

You might know the legend:

Now, hold real still...

Archimedes the Smart was in Syracuse for a long siege by the Romans.  He used his smarts, and parabolas, to point polished shields and reflected sunlight onto the Roman ships, thereby setting them on fire. The story has taken on a life of its own, until it’s like an ancient action movie.  Archimedes, played by Sean Connery, dressed to the hilt in Greek leather, death ray in hand grenade-launcher-like, points the ray at a succession of Roman ships.  “Make my day!” Blam! “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Ker-PLOW! “Guaranteed to jack you up!”

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