Four original entertainment workshops, specially designed for all ages, offer fun and knowledge, sharpen mental and intellectual abilities, and introduce us to the secrets of the ancient Greeks. The participants, under the guidance of the Museum’s staff, solve the “mystery” of telecommunications in ancient Greece, discover and operate the famous Antikythera Mechanism themselves, have fun playing with ancient Greek strategy games.
The workshops are for all ages – young, old and families.
Δημιουργικό εργαστήριο / Workshop Area
Telecommunications and cryptography: how did the ancient Greeks communicate and send coded messages?
On a special interactive map, place Agamemnon’s torches correctly and announce the fall of Troy! Learn and operate the ” pyrsia “, the first optical telegraph in history. Receive and send coded messages with your friends and… save the city or… play the broken phone. Learn and operate Aeneas’ “hydraulic telegraph”, the world’s first telecommunication device, and become the fastest “phryctoroi” in history. Build the ‘notebooks’ and ‘pencils’ of the ancient Greeks and write, send and read cryptographic messages using Polybius’ code. Build the “cryptic torch”, send useful messages to your “friends” and incomprehensible messages to your “enemies”.
Ancient Greek strategy games: from zatrikion to puzzles, tangram, “chess”, “backgammon” and “tic tac toe”.
Discover the most important intelligent strategy games from the Minoan to the Late Hellenistic Period. Learn about the “pessus” and the ” cybeia”. Compete in the ‘triad the ‘enniada’. Discover the rules of the “tilia” and “poli”. Practise Archimedes’ 14-piece “stomacheon”. Try to build a tangram with one of the 8 pre-selected (or other figures of your own) or a square with one of the 536 different ways of solving a puzzle and win a special prize from the Museum shop.
Computing machines of Antiquity: from the “little computer” of Salamis to the “computer” of Antikythera.
Discover the Greek (acrophonic) abacus, a special plate that allows the rapid placement of numbers of any number and size using the “Herodian” numbering system and the rapid publication of the result of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division between them. Practise, compete and win a special prize from the Museum shop. Rotate the knob of an Antikythera mechanism on a giant scale and unlock its “secrets” yourself. Go to the present, past or future and find the position of the sun in the zodiac, the position and phase of the moon, the month in the lunar calendar, the day and time of solar and lunar eclipses, the dates of ancient sporting events, etc.
Build yourself a working part of the Antikythera Mechanism out of metal and Plexiglas and take your creation to your office as a decoration.
Ο Μηχανισμός των Αντικυθήρων / The Antikythera mechanism
“Air and water “: from the first “fountain” to the first “alarm” in history.
From the first “fountain” to the first “alarm” in history!
Are you ready to walk through the door of a house in ancient times? If you do, then a magical fountain invites you to take on it! Next up is a miracle that probably hides “underground secrets” to give way to a clever jug that takes orders according to your wishes!
I wonder how many more trials await us? A test will give us the answer! Secret Code: air and water! Our goal is to unlock all the secrets of the technological inventions of great inventors of antiquity such as Heron, Philo, Ktesibius, Pythagoras and many more!
As part of the educational programme, young and old will draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibits, put them into operation and build their own inventions, discovering the techniques of the ancient Greeks and the secrets of their operation.