The creator of the Museum
Konstantinos Kotsanas was born in 1963 in Aigeira - Seliana, Achaia. He studied in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Patras. (Greece)
He has dedicated his life to the study of ancient Greek culture, particularly in the field of ancient Greek technology. A lot of his research and studies and that concern Ancient Greek Technology have been presented at international conferences in Greece and abroad where he attended either as guest speaker (e.g. University of Caen-France, ISSM-Korea) or as participant (International Conference of Ancient Greek Technology, Athens, International Conference: Ancient Greece and the Modern World, University of Patras).
He has given numerous lectures at Universities, Archaeological Museums, international Institutions etc. as guest speaker (e.g. Archaeological Museum of Basel-Switzerland, Archaeological Museum of Varese-Italy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Patras, National Technical University of Athens, Patent office of Vienna, Munich and the Hague)
He has set up, at his own expense and with his personal exhibits (without any funding from any public or private body), the “Museum of Ancient Greek Technology” and the “Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys” operating in Katakolo (Greece) and the “Archimedes’ Museum” in Ancient Olympia (Greece) attracting Greek and foreign visitors. Approximately 450 functional models of ancient Greek inventions are displayed in the museums and their aim is to reveal an unknown aspect of ancient Greek civilisation and to prove that the technology of the ancient Greeks, just before the end of the ancient Greek world, was extremely similar to the beginning of our modern technology.
He has held several exhibitions, with all or certain of the museum exhibits, in both Greece and abroad (USA , Australia, Asia, Europe), in Archaeological and Science Museums, International organizations, Universities, etc. (e.g. University of Connecticut, Archaeological Museum of Varese and Basel, Patent Office of The Hague, Munich and Vienna, Science Museum of Korea, etc.)
He has written six books concerning ancient Greek technology.