Ancient Greek Inventions are on Display at the Thessaloniki International Fair



exhibition-ancient-inventionsSeveral ancient Greek machines and inventions from the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas, operating in Katakolo and Ancient Olympia will be presented at the 80th Thessaloniki International Fair.

The exhibition entitled “The most important inventions of the ancient Greeks” will be hosted by the 80th International Fair of Thessaloniki, in pavilion 3 and it will “give life” to 40 outstanding machines and inventions of the ancient Greeks; from the robot-servant of Philon, the hydraulic telegraph of Aeneias, to the cinema of Heron, the automatic clock of Ktesibios, the planetary system of Ptolemy, and Antikythera calculating mechanism.

The exhibits were constructed following extensive research and study of ancient Greek, Latin, and Arabic literature. The exhibits are also constructed after paying special attention to ancient vase paintings and archaeological finds. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight this relatively unknown aspect of ancient Greek civilization and to prove that the technology of the ancient Greeks, just before the end of the ancient Greek world, was shockingly similar to the technologies created in the beginnings of the modern Greek world.

The exhibition also includes about 40 remade musical instruments of the ancient Greeks, which are fully operational. The manufacturing of these instruments was exclusively based on ancient Greek literature and vase painting depictions. Musical instruments that can be seen at the exhibit include: the Pythagorean monochord (single-stringed), helicon (four-stringed) and syntonon (six-stringed).

The exhibition will remain open from Saturday, September 5th until Sunday, September 13th, 2015. Visitors may attend the exhibition by using the entrance ticket for the 80th International Fair of Thessaloniki.

 


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