Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration

@article{Marchant2010AncientAM,
  title={Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration},
  author={J. Marchant},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2010},
  volume={468},
  pages={496-498}
}
The ancient Greeks' vision of a geometrical Universe seemed to come out of nowhere. Could their ideas have come from the internal gearing of an ancient mechanism?