The creator of the Museum
Kostas 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.
He has given numerous lectures as guest speaker that concern his research and studies about Ancient Greek Technology at International Conferences, Universities, Archaeological Museums, international Institutions, in Greece and abroad, e.g. National Library of France / International Conference Science Museums “ISSM” / University of Caen, France/ National Science Museum of Korea, Archaeological Museum of Basel, Archaeological Museum of Varese, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Patras, Patent office of Vienna, etc.
He has presented a lot of papers about Ancient Greek Technology at more importantly relative International Conferences.
He has set up the “Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology” and the “Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys” operating in Athens (6 Pindarou Str. and Akadimias, Kolonaki), “Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology” in Katakolo and the “Archimedes’ Museum” in Ancient Olympia, and all their exhibits and their supporting material, without any funding from public or private body. Approximately 500 functional models of ancient Greek inventions are displayed in the museums and their aim is to reveal an unknown aspect of ancient Greek civilization 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 travelling Exhibitions in all over the world (on all five continents) in Archaeological and Scientific Museums, Universities and International Institutions, e.g. University of Connecticut, Patent Office of The Hague, Munich and Vienna, Archaeological Museum of Varese and Basel, the Polytech of Lyon, Hellenic Museum of Melbourne, Science Museum of Korea, National Library of France (Paris), Galileo Park (Germany), National Science Museum of Thailand, Science Centre of Singapore, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), etc.
Furthermore, he has written six books regarding ancient Greek technology.
He has been awarded for his work in Greece and abroad (eg Ministry of Education – Excellence in Innovation – Athens – March 2009 / Association of Science Museums of Asia – ISSM – Daejeon – Korea – September 2016, etc.).