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Solid Models of the Antikythera Mechanism


The first model of the Antikythera Mechanism was actually build in the 1930s by Ioannis Theofanides. A model based on Derek Price's work was built in the 1980s by Robert Deroski and donated by Price to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. In Australia, clockmaker Frank Percival made a model based on the research done by Allan Bromley and Michael Wright, who subsequently developed his own model.

With the new results and the latest gearing diagram from the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, new models are being built by other researchers, with some being working models. The results of the AMRP have been integrated into at least three models, made by Michael Wright, Dionysios Kriaris, Massimo Vicentini and Tatjana van Vark, while the Research Group is developing a model based on the ongoing research. At the same time, models are being made for educational purposes by various institutions and individuals around the world. Furthermore, some unique mechanisms are being created, based on the Antikythera Mechanism, like the watch designed by Mathias Buttet for Hublot.

List of models of the Antikythera Mechanism and of mechanisms inspired by it:

  • The model constructed by Ioannis Theofanidis.
  • Models made by and for Derek de Solla Price.
  • The model by Allan Bromley.
  • The model constructed and updated by Michael Wright in London integrates the findings of the AMRP. Michael Wright says of his model: "The model is based on my own research, but has been slightly altered to agree with the findings of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project. My mechanism includes the five planets known to antiquity, and the previous existence of a (now lost) planetary display appears to be supported by the newly-discovered inscriptions."
  • Dionysis Kriaris, in Greece, has built a model based on the new findings, which is now in display at the Children Museum of Manhattan, and forms part of the "Gods, Myths and Mortals" exhibition. Variations of this model, which is not functional, are on display at the Museum
  • A model from Italy was built by Massimo Vicentini; Vicentini worked with the new results from the AMRP, but his model also departs from the AMRP model. It reflects a personal view with his own added features, based on the earlier model by Allan Bromley.
  • An extremely impressive model, although clearly detached from the ancient artefact, was made in the Netherlands by Tatjana van Vark, as an "essence of" the Antikythera Mechanism.
  • The Research Group is developing the most recent model of the Mechanism at the University of Thessaloniki. A team lead by professors John H. Seiradakis and Kyriakos Efstathiou is working with CAD tools in order to "cut into bronze" the findings from the ongoing research.
  • Swiss engineer Mathias Buttet has created a watch for Hublot, which integrates the functions of the Antikythera Mechanism. One copy of this watch is on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.