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Ancient Greeks and Ancient Geeks



Hey, did you need even more reasons to be happy you're Greek? Great! I'm here to help! 


Today's article is about the Kotasanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. Before you think

"Museum? Boring! Bye!" - stop right there and hear me out. 


I know you already know the ancient Greeks invented quite a ridiculous number of devices, architectural designs, concepts and art forms. Philosophy, naturalistic sculpture, the Olympics, and more  -onomies, -ologies and -ographies than I have time to list, or that you have time to read. 


But I promise you, you will be amazed by something in this museum that you had likely no idea about. 


A type of hydaulic telegraph?


A mechanism to stop false starts at the Olympics?


Automatons? (Even a robot called an "automatic servant"!)


This is all more than 2000 years ago, people. 


And there's so much more! Beyond the technology, there's a floor dedicated to gorgeously-crafted reproductions of ancient instruments. Do you want to see the type of lyre Apollo would have played, or the pipes that Pan would have used to amuse the nymphs? They're lovingly replicated here. 


This is an absolutely wonderful little museum, in the original sense of the word - it will fill you with wonder. 


If you've already been to the "big" Athens museums, you owe it to yourself to visit this one, too. It will leave you goggle-eyed at the astonishing inventiveness of the ancient Greeks. 

'Til next week,

Barbara

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