To mark the 25th anniversary of the EURINSA section, INSA Lyon is hosting an exhibition on Ancient Greek technology, put together by Greek engineer Konstantinos Kotsanas.
This event is the result of collaboration between EURINSA, the Marie-Curie Library, the Humanities Cultural Service and Defkalion, a Franco-Greek association promoting Greek culture in Lyon, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Konstantinos Kotsanas has devoted his life to studying Ancient Greek technology. He exhibits over 300 models at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments in Katakolon and Ancient Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula.
This extensive collection, gathered over 25 years of studies, brings the inventions to life in the form of working models. It covers the period from 2000 B.C. to the end of the Ancient Greek world. Visitors will discover that the technology of the Ancient Greeks, just before the end of the Ancient Greek world, was surprisingly similar to the first inventions at the beginning of our modern technology.
The bolts and nuts, gears and rules, pulleys and belts, sprockets and chains, block and tackles and winches, hydraulic controllers and valves are just some of the main inventions of the Ancient Greeks which form the basis of today’s modern technology. Over a thousand years on, the world is rediscovering the importance of the Greek inventors’ legacies.
The exhibition compares ancient technology with current forms of use, inviting visitors to ask questions and imagine the forms of future technologies.
There is a game based on the exhibition for visitors, whether they are junior-high or high-school pupils, university students or adults.
A special evening event will take place on February 15, 2007, with a guided visit of the exhibition at 6:00 p.m. followed by a cocktail and a concert by the Grand Ensemble des Voix et Musiques des Peuples d’Europe.