Ancient Greek toys come alive
With the original project ‘Plaggon’ (ancient clay doll) the team of Greektoys Children's Revolution® in cooperation with the Royal Art and History Museum in Brussels, aim to digitally reconstruct, ancient Greek toys. The founder of Greektoys, Ms Sophia Pavlaki is a Greek young woman who lives and works in Brussels. By combining her academic studies in Computer Science with her passion for the ancient Greek civilization she managed to ‘take advantage’ of technology in favour of the promotion of our cultural heritage.
How did children play in Ancient times?
Sophia and her team aim to reveal to us the initial form of the toys that children in ancient Greece played with around 2,500 years ago. Following an extensive research in museums, they discovered the items with which children in antiquity played and with the assistance of technology, they attempt to bring them to life digitally, by recreating their original colours and completing their missing parts. By using the photogrammetry technique, which does not interfere with objects while offering great accuracy, they managed to give a three-dimensional image of pottery with representations of toys, which are now available for research by both scientists and the public at large.
A 3D museum of ancient Greek toys
Over the years, the toys have changed their materials, shape and name, but their essence has remained the same. For example, there are ancient Greek toys which have remained intact today such as the dice, the carts, dolls, the spinning top, the ring and the jacks. Among the projects which have been successfully completed, is a 3D virtual Museum exhibiting ancient Greek toys, as well as a children’s 3D animation series, with three characters inspired by original ancient Greek toys, Valios a little horse-toy made of clay, Lilly who is a rattle and Filon who is a baby’s milk bottle. Valios who has taken his name from the immortal horse of Achilles, was a clay horse, which the kids dragged around by pulling its rein. Lilly is a rattle which was held by its head, while sounds were made by the moving parts of its body, in other words its legs and was used to attract the baby’s attention and stop its crying. Filon is inspired by an ancient Greek vessel which was shaped as a piglet and was used both as a baby’s bottle and as a toy. The bottle had the shape of a small animal in order to help young children’s smooth weaning.
During the period of the turbulent excavation at Amphipolis Tomb, the 3D application “Young Archaeologists” which they created and which gave the opportunity to take a virtual tour inside the space at the final stage of the excavation attracted the attention of the international Press (Le Point, National Geographic). Greektoys Children's Revolution® is primarily a progressive educational project which serves as a ‘bridge’ for children to the ancient Greek civilization and whose primary aim is to preserve and promote the great legacy of Greek culture, an aim that Branding Heritage actively endorses