The Antikythera Mechanism: Discoveries Old and New (REMOTE)

Paul Iverson
Associate Professor, Classics, CWRU
Monday August 24
noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

The Antikythera Mechanism is so named after the Greek island in whose waters it was salvaged in 1901 from a shipwreck datable to ca. 70-60 BCE. This remarkable geared device was constructed in the 2nd or 1st century BCE to calculate and display various astronomical, calendrical, and athletic time periods. No device of comparable technological complexity is known until 1,000 years later. In 2005, a group of researchers known as the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project examined the 82 fragments of this badly corroded and brittle device with two modern technologies. This talk will give a general overview of the Mechanism, particularly recent discoveries, including some not yet published. 

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