The Inscriptions on the Antikythera Mechanism

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event

Paul Iversen, Jared Bendis

Time:12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:Clark Hall, Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Registration is Closed.

The third event in our presentation series features Freedman Fellow Paul Iversen (Associate Professor, Classics). Iversen will discuss two new technologies he is using to read the inscriptions incised on the Antikythera Mechanism, a device considered to be the first analog computer.

Capable of computing and displaying information such as lunar phases, the rising and setting of stars and constellations, the lunisolar calendar of northwestern Greece and Panhellenic festivals including the Olympic games, the Antikythera Mechanism was found in a 1901 shipwreck and dates back to the second or first century BCE.

The technologies Iversen is using to read the inscriptions include Computed Tomography (CT) scans generated by a technology called Micro-Focus x-rays, and photographic images that employ a technology known as Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTMs).

Often overlooked, VR panoramas, VR objects and 3D/Stereoscopic photography are easy and exciting ways to enhance and add a virtual element to most New Media projects. Co-presenter Jared Bendis (Creative New Media Officer, Kelvin Smith Library) will give a step-by-step guide on the tools and techniques used to create these media elements and also outline how to best integrate them into a project.

This presentation is free to attend. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

About the speakers

Paul Iversen

Iversen (B.A., Michigan State University, M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Classical Studies) regularly teaches upper level Greek and Latin, lecture and SAGES courses dealing with Myth and Heroes, and a SAGES Departmental Seminar on Alexander the Great. His research interests and publications are in the areas of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Hellenistic Culture & Society, and Greco-Roman New Comedy, especially Menander. He currently is the Director of Epigraphical finds for the Isparta Archaeological Survey and has two book projects: the first is a book in collaboration with John D. Morgan on the recently discovered calendar and games dial on the Antikythera Mechanism, the second is a corpus of all the Greek and Latin inscriptions found at Corinth.

Jared Bendis

Jared Bendis is an award-winning installation artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. He is a specialist in photography, virtual reality, and computer graphics and serves as the Creative New Media Officer for Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. As the Creative New Media Officer, Jared weaves together cutting-edge technologies with proven, innovative pedagogical strategies to create rich multimedia experiences. Jared serves as the senior media expert for the campus, developing digital media strategies for media creation (and use) by researching and developing new-media applications for education. Jared also holds adjunct appointments in the CWRU Art Studio, Music, and SAGES departments where he teaches courses on multimedia, instructional technology, and New Media Literacy.

Jared received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Psychology with minors in Music and Art Studio and his M.A. in Art Education from the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Art joint program.

As a visual artist Jared focuses on the way people see, augmenting their reality via technology and visual perception. As a photographer he prefers to view the world though a wide-angle lens and specializes in spherical panoramic and stereoscopic photography. On his first trip overseas, in March 2000, Jared visited the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France and became driven (if not obsessed) with capturing and sharing cultural and architectural experiences and has photographed over 400 architectural, archeological and cultural sites (primarily castles) in 14 countries. Jared's art practice also includes creating immersive installations that provide interactive social and sensory experiences for viewers. As a practicing commercial artist, Jared is lead developer, designer, and co-owner of Lemming Labs Limited that develops interactive media applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms. His mobile applications include: "Mandalas," "EasyDraw," "HoopDreams," "Carve-It," "Egg Draw," "Hex Doodle," and "Mow-It" to name but a few…

Cosponsored with:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

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