Brussels, June 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Antikythera Mechanism was presented on Tuesday to the European Parliament by Astrophysics Professor of Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki Yannis Ch. Seiradakis at an event held on the initiative of The River MEP Giorgos Grammatikakis, which attended Greeks and foreign MEPs, officials of the European institutions and common people.
With the help of a model of the Mechanism, the audience heard how the 30 gears of the first computer of humanity were operating, how they studyed the planets and predicted eclipses.
As Mr Seiradakis said, the Antikythera Mechanism was an ancient computer. It was built about 2000 years ago and could calculate the position of the Sun, the Moon and the other, known at the time, planets in the sky, as well as eclipses. The device could also predict when the Olympic Games would be held.
On the occasion of the event and the great interest it attracted, G. Grammatikakis said: “I am very happy because today the European Parliament has had the opportunity to experience the “parallel Greece”. Over and above the Greece of the crisis, which is dominant here in Brussels in recent years. The admiration of the guests for the Greek culture but also for its modern achievements, proves that there is the yeast that allows us to be optimistic for the future of our country. Provided of course we convince the political world of the country of this.