10 Jun 2019

Lecture by Aristides Voulgaris: “Constructing the Antikythera Mechanism using ancient Greek tools”

Lecture by Aristides Voulgaris: “Constructing the Antikythera Mechanism using ancient Greek tools”

The Antikythera Mechanism, a one-of-a-kind mechanical engineering invention, was discovered by chance in a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera island in 1900 by sponge divers. It is a sort of analogue computer of antiquity that could calculate and predict the sun’s position in the sky, the phases of the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses, as well as the opening date of major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games.

The Functional Reconstruction of Antikythera Mechanism - The FRAMe Project team, based solely on CT X-ray scans, reconstructed all the parts and assembled two fully functional copies of the Antikythera Mechanism. The event features a lecture by the team’s leader Aristides Voulgaris, a presentation and on-stage operation of the Mechanism’s functional model, as well as a presentation of functional reconstructions of two ancient Greek arched drills and a Ptolemaic vertical lathe, as these are depicted on ceramic vessels and murals.

The lecture is organized by Hellenic American College/Hellenic American University in cooperation with the Hellenic American Union and the Greek Alumni of American Universities.

Information

Venue: Hellenic American Union Theater, 22 Massalias Street, Kolonaki

Start Date: 10/06/2019

End Date: 10/06/2019

Starting Time: 19:30

Languages: EL

Interpretation Provided: No

Registration Required: No

Reservation Required: No

Admission Fee: Admission is free of charge

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