Archaeological Museum of Athens to Host Events on Antikythera Mechanism and the Moon



The ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism. Credit: National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens announced on Thursday that a total of four presentations on the Antikythera Mechanism and the understanding ancient Greeks had of the moon will be held in September, October, and November of this year.

The Museum announced that on September 21, the day of the autumnal equinox, Professor Xenophon Mousas will give two lectures to the public, one at 12 ‘clock in the afternoon and another at 1:00 PM.

Mousas will explain the amazing technological solutions that the ancient mechanism made possible with its extraordinarily precise mechanical movements. The professor will also explain the ancient Greeks’ understanding of our moon and their beliefs about it.

Fortunate visitors will not only have the opportunity to view the famous Antikythera machine itself, but to see actual moon rocks which the United States donated to Greece in 1970 as a result of the Apollo programs’ lunar explorations.

The professor will also offer an October lecture, which will take place on Monday the 14th at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and a November lecture, which will take place on Tuesday the 19th at the same time.

There is a limit of twenty-five attendees for each session, and enrollment for each talk will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

All the sessions will be offered completely free of charge.