Our first ancestors invented the art of making gods, according to Hermes Trismegistus. A “virtue” from nature was added to statues. Discarnate entities were drawn into the statues. To feed life in the statues, sacrifices were offered. 
St. Augustine, in De Civitate Dei, condemned Hermes Trismegistus and how the ancient Egyptians caused spirits to come down into statues and animate them. These spirits, wrote St. Augustine, were wicked and devils. (Background: Evil Magic of the Idolaters, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, May 5, 2015.)
Ashoka Maurya, one of India’s greatest emperors, ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from circa 269 B.C. to 232 B.C. King Ashoka founded the Nine Unknowns, the most powerful secret society on Earth. The nine unknown men were entrusted with guarding nine books of secret knowledge. Their enemies were nine Kali worshippers. (Background: King Ashoka and the Nine Unknown Men, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 1, 2014.)
The Society of the Nine Unknown Men revealed themselves to Pope Sylvester II who was said to have received, among other things, training in supernatural powers and a robotic talking head from the group.  But the “robotic talking head” of Pope Sylvester may not have been mechanical. Pope Sylvester II was publicly accused by Cardinal Benno of sorcery, on account of his “Brazen Oracular Head.” These heads “and other talking statues, trophies of the magical skill of monks and bishops were fac-similes of the animated gods of the ancient temples.” 
In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter. 
A Sphinx in Thebes asked Oedipus a riddle. Which “Thebes” was this really, the one in Greece or the one in Egypt? And how could a Sphinx talk?
The Knights Templar worshipped a skull to which they talked and which prophesied for them. Was the animated skull that of John the Baptist, or was it Baphomet?
In séances, sensitive persons serve as “mediums” between this world and the beyond. These mediums become another version of the animated statues of olden times.
In 1462, Marsilio Ficino was suddenly ordered by his patron, Cosimo de’Medici, to drop everything and immediately begin translations of writings by Hermes Trismegistus. A later Medici, Cosimo II, was the patron of Galileo Galilei, Bonaventura Cavalieri, and Evangelista Torricelli. These three are connected with the early development of the method of the little pebbles, the Calculus. Dealt with is mathematical infinity. Giordano Bruno explored the infinity idea. In 1600 he was condemned by Rome for “the infinity of the world, the eternity of the universe, the allegation that Moses and Christ were magicians and impostors, and belief in pre-adamites.” 
In the Middle Ages, an apostate Jacobin priest in the service of Queen Catherine of Medici was said to have been using material from “the villainous sorcerers of antiquity…” 
Marsilio Ficino, after he had studied and translated Hermes Trismegistus, wrote a book on magic: De vita coelitus comparanda. This book was part of a “Renaissance revival of magic.” 
Giordano Bruno’s infinity idea helped get him burned at the stake in 1600. “The universe is expanding,” say some. But “expanding” into WHAT? Unable to be grasped is that the universe goes on and on forever. Bruno’s belief in pre-adamites – people before Adam and Eve – ties in with “time” as another infinity. We believe we are the summit of all past civilizations, yet some dissent from this and say the past is cyclical. Cyclical past means civilizations rise and fall. A long ago civilization could have possessed knowledge undreamt of by us. We work on mechanical robots, but they may have achieved far more, including animated statues.
——- Sources ——-
 Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, by Frances A. Yates. University of Chicago Press, 1991.
 “Nine Unknown Men”, by D. Hatcher Childress. April 11, 2006. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_council9_08.htm
 “1886: Animated Statues”, http://www.think-aboutit.com/animated-statues/
 “Golem”, Wikipedia, May 6, 2015.
 “[H]undreds of years ago infinity took over”, by Bruce P. Barten. December 27, 2011. Amazon reader review of Giordano Bruno: Cause, Principle and Unity: And Essays on Magic. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy, 1998