Flashback to Ancient Greece’s Brilliant Inventions

InventionsAn exhibition, entitled “The amazing inventions of the ancient Greeks,” hosting functional replicas of some of the most inventive ancient Greek creations, will be held at the Herakleidon Museum in Athens from August 1, 2015, to January 10, 2016.

Visitors will have the opportunity to embark on a mystic trip to the past through a marvelous selection of exhibits. Examining small but significant details from Philo’s “robot-servant,” Aeneas’ “hydraulic telegraph,” Hero’s “cinema,” Ctesibius’ automatic clock, Ptolemy’s astrolabe and the Antikythera “analog computer,” everyone would agree that these creations are an indisputable proof of Greece’s leading role in the evolution of Western civilization.

These functional models, which were created after a scrupulous research on Ancient Greek, Arabic and Latin literature, based on information obtained through thorough examination of vase paintings, as well as relevant archaeological findings, now belong to the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas that operates at Katakolon port and Ancient Olympia.

“The amazing inventions of the ancient Greeks”
August 1, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Herakleidon Museum
Ap.Pavlou 37, Thissio
Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Gereral admission: €4

The “analog computer” of Antikythera
The Antikythera “analog computer”
The “cinema” of Hero
Hero’s “cinema”
The “hydraulic telegraph” of Aeneas
Aeneas’ “hydraulic telegraph”
The astrolabe of Ptolemy
Ptolemy’s astrolabe
The automatic clock of Ctesibius
Ctesibius’ automatic clock
The “robot-servant” of Philo
Philo’s “robot-servant”


  1. No doubt about it. Technology, architecture, engineering, medicine, mathematics, etc.. It all started here is Greece.

    So the question begs to be asked regarding the Greece of today………………………………………..what in the world happened ?

  2. There’s no doubt that Greece has made an impact on the world of intellectual thought! Many of the scientists, writers, and philosophers were also inventors. It’s interesting to see many of these inventions up close!