An exhibition entitled “The hi-tec inventions of ancient Greeks” opens today at the Basilika of Agios Markos, in Heraklion (Greece), and will run through March 27.

The exhibition is organized by the 2nd Professional Lyceum of Heraklion, and supported by the Regional Unit of Heraklion, in collaboration with the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, which is based in Katakolo (Elis, Greece).

The movable exhibition, which will be hosted in Heraklion, showcases fifty functional models of intelligent mechanisms and achievements. Their creation was based on Ancient Greek and Roman literature, Arabic manuscripts, and pottery information.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view device models, such as the water clock of Ctesibius, the “cinema” and the fire-engine of Heron of Alexandria, the chain pump of Philo of Byzantium, the lifting machines of Archimedes, the first recorded alarm system, the Antikythera Mechanism, windlasses, levers, metal springs, wedges, hoisting systems and various tools.

The exhibition has already traveled to many Greek cities and abroad. In Heraklion, it will be accompanied by guided tours, lectures, presentations and parallel scientific and artistic events.