6km Project: From the ancient diolkos to the Corinth Canal

Ηistory & Science Route – Αuthentic Experiences connecting ancient diolkos to Corinth Canal

Timing of the program can be tailored to the time available for each group

Through a timeline and an exciting journey to the past with the use of rich and scientifically valid material (photos, texts, video animation) the centre brings the visitor in contact with the ancient diolkos, the Hexamilion Wall, and the attempts of digging a canal through the isthmus, as well as with the sciences involved (mechanics, geology, physics, mathematics, philosophy).

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Ancient Diolkos

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Hexamilion wall

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Corinth Canal

Flooding the Canal
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Science & Technology are used in an exciting way to connect the theoretical knowledge with the technical characteristics of one of the most important constructions worldwide.

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Physics experiments

Moreover, through easy, pleasant, though enlightening, Physics experiments, visitors will be able to realise the extraordinary importance of the Ancient Diolkos – this pioneering technological achievement of the ancient Corinthians – for commercial and military purposes.
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Sandbox application

Real time water flow simulation for the construction of Corinth Canal. (Augmented reality)
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3D experience

Virtual flying through the Corinthian and the Saronic Gulfs, the ancient port of Lechaion, and the archaeological site at Isthmia.
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Shipbuilding in ancient Greece

Visitors will be able to see the wooden models of Greek ships from antiquity to modern times, some of which are closely connected with Corinth:

  • the trireme

  • the Athenian bireme

  • Samaina

  • the Byzantine dromon

are some of these models of this unique collection, handmade with every possible detail, copies of the original ships that get the visitors to a fascinating journey to Greek naval history.

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Ancient Corinthian doll (Plagona)

Ancient Greeks possessed a great tradition of creating small terracotta figurines either for religious purposes or as toys. The workshop is carried with the guidance of the director of theatrical and puppetry activities of our Centre.

The participants are either adults or children or entire families. With the director’s help, and after watching a relevant video on the history of the figurines from antiquity to modern times, the participants are able to create such a figurine – a plagona – which they will take with them in memory of their unique and fascinating experience. As a part of the process the participants will be able to use their figurines in a puppetry with music. Every participant is welcome to improvise. The necessary material and tools of making the figurine, as well as the box to place it, are provided by the Centre.