Constructing the Antikythera Mechanism using ancient Greek tools

Jun 10, 2019

Lecture by Aristides Voulgaris, leader of The FRAMe Project team…

Presentation of a functional copy of the Antikythera Mechanism at the Hellenic American Union

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 by the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, 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 bow drills and a Ptolemaic vertical lathe, as these are depicted on ceramic vessels and murals.

Information

Organizer Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College (HAEC), Greek Alumni of American Universities
Venue Hellenic American Union Theater
Start Date 10/06/2019
End Date 10/06/2019
Starting Time 19:30
Type Talk - Presentation
Participants Aristides Voulgaris
Languages: EL
Interpretation Provided: No
Registration Required: No
Reservation Required: No
Admission Fee Admission is free
Last Update At: 2019/06/11 - 14:15:14

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