An­tikythera Mech­a­nism

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To com­ple­ment its on­go­ing “Voy­age” ex­hi­bi­tion, the Her­ak­lei­don Art Mu­seum is launch­ing a show on the An­tikythera Mech­a­nism. “An An­cient Greek Com­puter” presents piv­otal mo­ments in the study of the most com­plex mech­a­nism of an­tiq­uity (2nd-1st cen­tury BC), aim­ing to show­case the ad­vanced sci­en­tific knowl­edge of the an­cient Greeks, their math­e­mat­i­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments and, most im­por­tantly, their in­no­va­tive spirit. Dis­plays in­clude mod­els of the mech­a­nism, draw­ings and ra­dio­graphs, while at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, John Seiradakis, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of astron­omy at the Aris­to­tle Uni­ver­sity of Thes­sa­loniki, will give a talk about the Mech­a­nism and re­cent re­search re­sults (ad­mis­sion to the lec­ture is free, on a first-come, first-served ba­sis). “Voy­age: Sea­far­ing and Ship­build­ing in Greece from An­tiq­uity to Mod­ern Times” ex­plores the his­tory of mar­itime voy­ages and naval ar­chi­tec­ture through about 40 hand­made wooden mod­els of Greek ships which plied the seas from pre­his­toric times to the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury. The ship mod­els were cre­ated by Dim­itris Maras, MSc in me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing and model ship­builder. Open­ing hours are Thurs­days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fri­days to Wed­nes­days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Her­ak­lei­don Art Mu­seum, 16 Irak­lei­don, Thi­seio, tel 210.346.1981, www.her­ak­lei­don-art.gr

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