Katakolon, Greece

Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

  The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is situated at the east side of the central square in Katakolo, right opposite the railway station. The Museum houses approximately 250 (reliable operating) exhibits, such as models of mechanisms and inventions of the ancient Greeks. These exhibits are the result of a 20 year research of Mr. Kostas Kotsanas. On March 11th 2011 the Museum was inaugurated by the emeritus professor of N.T.U.A (National Tecechnical University of Athens) and president of EMAET (Association of Ancient Greek Technology Studies) Mr. Theodosi Tasio.

  The exhibits indicate the similarities of ancient greek technology (right before the end of the ancient greek period) with the current technology. Audiovisual material in Greek and in English is provided, while many exhibits are interactive.    

  The exhibition is divided in sections and follows the modern educational perception in Pedagogic and Museum Education so that it acts multileveled as far as the greatness of ancient Greek technological thought and technique is concerned.

 

Sections

 

The Clocks of the ancient Greeks: 29 clocks, such as i) the Alarm Clock of Plato, ii) the incredible Hydraulic Clock of Archimedes and iii) the (Automate) Hydraulic Clock of Ktesibios (an automatation miracle)

 

The Automatics of Philon of Byzantium: the incredible "automatic maid" (normal size), the first operating robot in history

 

The static and movable automatic theatre of Heron ("cinema" and "scheduled auto-mobile puppet-show" of the ancient Greeks)

 

Inventions of Archimedes (the greatest inventor of all times)

 

Inventions of Pythagora, Plato, Aristotle and Archita

 

Medicine, Agriculture, Textile and Sport technology: 2 of the most impressive exhibits, in normal sizes, are: i) the Perpendicular Mycenaean loom (the famous "web of the Penelope") and ii) the hysplex (a mechanism for avoiding the false start of the athletes)

 

Elevating and constructive mechanisms

 

Technology of the ancient Greek Theatre: "God from the machine", "periaktoi", "ekkyklima", etc

 

Scientific instruments, tools, machines of the ancient Greeks: dioptra, odometre (road counter), pedal turning lathe, cutting device of internal spirals, pantograph, etc

 

Hydraulic Technology

 

Astronomical Measuring Instruments: Antikythera calculating mechanism, astrolable, tetrantas, etc

 

Siege Technology of the ancient Greeks: "siege machines" and "catapults" (the "heleopolis" of Epimachos, the ditch-filling tortoise and roofed ram of Diades, the repeated (polybolos) catapult of Dionysos, etc)

 

Nautical Technology: monoxylon (dugout boat), papyrella, holkas, cycladic-minoan ship, penterconter, bireme, trireme, etc

 

Telecommunication of the ancient Greeks and methods of Cryptography

 

  Access is free. Various educational programs -free of charge-, tours and live demonstration of the exhibits' operation is provided for students (organized visits).

 

  For reservation call 6983239032 or sent an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (website: www.kotsanas.com)