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Museum of the Ancient Greek Technology

Katakolon Museum

 

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Museum of the Ancient Greek Technology

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The present exhibition of Ancient Greek technology includes approximately 200 operating models of Ancient Greek inventions. The Ancient Greek technological marvel from the robot – servant of Philon to the cinema of Heron and from the automatic clock of Ktesibios to the analog computer of Antikythera cover the period from 2000 BC until the end of the Ancient Greek world. The aim of the museum is to highlight this relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek civilisation and to prove that the technology of the Ancient Greeks, just before the end of the Ancient Greek world, was shockingly similar to the beginning of our modern technology. The bolts and nuts, gears and rules, pulleys and belts, sprockets and chains, block and tackles and winches, hydraulic controllers and valves are just some of the inventions of the Ancient Greeks which were the foundations of their complex technology.

These legacies, identical and irreplaceable, continue today to constitute the building blocks of our modern technology, the development of which would be doubtful without its effortless and undemanding adoption. It simply took over a millennium of maturation for humanity to recover this remarkable forgotten technology. The exploration of this age, when ownership for peak technology was not claimed, demonstrates how much more (than we think) the modern Western Technological Civilisation owes to the Greeks.

The present exhibition of Ancient Greek technology includes approximately 200 operating models of Ancient Greek inventions. The Ancient Greek technological marvel (from the robot – servant of Philon to the cinema of Heron and from the automatic diary  of Ktesibios, the hydraulic clock of Archimedes to the analog computer of Antikythera) covers the period from 2000 BC until the end of the Ancient Greek world. All were constructed by Kostas Kotsanas, through 22 years of extensive research and study. It is the most credible (since it is based solely on the thorough study of the Ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic literature, vase painting information and minimal relevant archeological finds) and the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind worldwide.

Through the exhibition visitors are given the opportunity to experience the incredible technological achievements of ancient Greeks and discover that the Ancient Greeks

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a) had invented a “cinema” capable of presenting automatically the story of a myth with moving picture and sound,

b) had devised (unfortunately, for entertainment purposes only) automotive vehicles (automobiles) with auto drive, a gearbox, hydraulic programmable valves and other complex components,

c) used functional robots in order to serve them,

d) had discovered the beginning of the steam engine, the unity of Archimedes, the greater sientist of all times.

e) used sophisticated astronomical and precision measuring instruments (such as an analog computer, a GPS, a theodolite – dumpy level, etc.) that allowed them to calculate, with precision, astronomical and geodetic data,

f) had devised ingenious vending machines,”ispliga” the mechanism avoiding earlier start of athletes.

g) used sophisticated lifting mechanisms capable of constructing extremely tall structures with only minimal manpower,

h) had clocks (and alarm clocks) which operated automatically and continuously without human intervention, etc.

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In front of the museum there is a tree-lined park, which hosts basketball court, a small football pitch and playground.

To visit please call 698-3239032.