Legos were introduced in 1949 as a child's toy. Many adults today can recall playing with these rectangular shapes before they became so mainstream, or before there were idolized and "cool."
Today, lego has begun its epic march to take over the world! They have marketed with films such as Star Wars, the Hobbit and LOTR, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, DC Comics to create television shows, miniatures, collectibles, and video games.
As, a fan of certain films I own several Lego video games due to the clever nature of making an adult or even serious film (LOTR & Pirates of the Caribbean) approachable to a younger generation. They were require problem solving and logical thinking beyond mere chaos- but that is included as well!
As can be seen in the following images, Legos have become a new medium in which hobbyist will attempt to rebuild to scale various ancient sites or ideas:
|Colosseum and Arch of Titus|
|Inside the Colosseum|
|Greek Doric Temple|
|Athens: Agora, Acropolis (Parthenon) and the Theater of Dionysus|
|Building of a Pyramid along the Nile|
Legos are assisting the ancient world through these types of builds to excite young people about the history. However, for actual Classicist and Historians, Legos are advancing our understanding of the mysteries of the Ancient World.
|Antikthera Mechanism Remains|
"The Antikythera Mechanism is argued to be the world's oldest known computer, this ancient Greek invention was used some time circa 100BC to calculate and "predict celestial events and eclipses with unprecedented accuracy." Skipping past the two millennia in which it lay lost on a sea floor somewhere, the Mechanism has now been recreated by an Apple software engineer by the name of Andrew Carol, who has lovingly pieced 1,500, Lego Technic blocks together, creating 110 gears and four gearboxes in total." Courtesy of Engadget Vlad Sovov.