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14 September 2006
8/2006
Commemorative Issue

Ancient Greek Technology

Greece
Technology serves economy, upon which every civilisation relies, and craft and science through which every civilisation manifests itself.

The ancient Greek civilisation was no exception to this rule. Ancient Greeks had a passion for Technology from the beginning. Their cosmogony relied on the cyclops who were blacksmiths, the 12 gods that included Hephaestus, and Prometheus who offered people the know-how he had taken from goddess Athena's head.

This can help us better understand the vast hydraulic works and Mycenaean vaults, the endless water tunnels for the supply of archaic cities, the ship-building wonder of trireme, the innovative metallurgy methods - all the way to the high technology of Hellenistic times (turning catapults and mobile siege towers, large cranes, piston pumps, steam powered machines, Heron's automatic mechanisms, etc.)

Text: Th. P. Tassios, Professor of N.T.U.A.
Source: Hellenic Post

Trireme  

Trireme 'Olympias'

Odometer by Heron of Alexandria, 1st century B.C.  

Odometer by Heron of Alexandria, 1st century B.C.

Piston Water-Pump Ktesibius, 3th century B.C.  

Piston Water-Pump Ktesibius, 3th century B.C.

The Antikythera Mechanism, 80 B.C.  

The Antikythera Mechanism, 80 B.C.

Automatic Gates of Temple by Heron of Alexandria, 1st century B.C.  

Automatic Gates of Temple by Heron of Alexandria, 1st century B.C.

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Ancient Greek Technology

Technical Information

Dimensions: 30mm x 38mm in sheets of 25
Design-Adaptation: Myrsini Vardopoulou
Printing Method: Multicolored (Offset)
Printers: Alex. Matsoukis S.A.
Circulation: 1 year
Quantities:
€0,03: 2.000.000
€0,05: 2.000.000
€0,50: 3.000.000
€0,65: 5.000.000
€3,80: 300.000
FDCs:
€6,60: 35000
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