Archimedes in Syracuse is an exhibition dedicated to Archimedes and presented in Syracuse between May 26, 2018, and December 31, 2019. The visitors will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of the most brilliant figures of the entire history of humanity and, thanks to the most advanced multimedia applications, to plunge into the city of Syracuse in the third century BC.
Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer and astronomer, who lived in Syracuse in the 3rd century BC. He is regarded as one of the leading scientists and mathematicians in antiquity.
The exhibition is hosted in the former Church – and today, Gallery – of Montevergini, in a spacious environment equipped with 16 video projectors, for a 360-degree multimedia view, which leads the visitor into a real journey through time. A spectacular and philologically accurate reconstruction shows some of the symbolic buildings which made Syracuse one of the most important centers of the Mediterranean also from an artistic and cultural point of view.
A series of animations designed by Lorenzo Lopane make the presence of the ancient Syracusans alive. Based on historical and archaeological sources, a suggestive narrative available in 4 languages allows you to follow the events that led, at the end of the Second Punic War, to the clash with Rome. The extraordinary war machines invented by Archimedes and put into action in the battle are the protagonists of the final part of the show, which ends with the murder of the great Syracusan.
The exhibition also presents over twenty working models of machines and devices attributed to Archimedes. Each of the exhibits is accompanied by interactive videos, didactic texts and quotations from various sources.
The Civic Gallery Montevergini is located on the Ortigia island, about 1.9 kilometers away from the Syracuse train station and only a few meters from the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia. To find the gallery in no time, use the map below.