“Theories about the Antikythera Mechanism” in a Lecture at the BA
Within the framework of the BA celebration of the Day of the Mediterranean, and on the sidelines of “Idea… Ancient Greek Science and Technology” exhibition, the BA Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies, in cooperation with the BA Planetarium Science Center and the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum (NOESIS), organizes a lecture entitled “Theories about the Antikythera Mechanism: the First Analogue Astronomical Computer of the Ancient World” on Thursday, 25 November 2021, at 2:00 pm, in the Auditorium Hall, BA Main Entrance. It will be delivered by Mr. Ziad Morsy, Visiting Lecturer at Alexandria Center for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, Alexandria University.
In 1900, sponge divers discovered the wreck of a Roman cargo ship off the coast of Antikythera at a depth of 45 meters. The Hellenic Royal Navy launched the first expedition to recover the artefacts from the bottom of the sea. The following year, some artefacts were retrieved and became known as the Antikythera mechanism. Since then, this mechanism has been under study by archaeologists and scientists, to help fully reconstruct it and understand its function.
The lecture examines the discovery and early theories surrounding this mechanism, as well as the most recent retrieved artefacts.
The lecture is open for public, in line with the precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of attendees will be limited and available until the maximum number of seats is reached.