Ancient Greece is the birthplace of some of the brilliant creations that we praise in the modern times. Including language, politics, education, art, and science, the contribution is colossal.
We often forget to give proper credit to the innovative minds of ancient Greece who has a huge part in shaping the world as we see it presently. This article is a humble look back at the ideas and creations that has its roots in ancient Greece.
There are many countries in the world who quite comfortably enjoy the structure of democracy. However, this concept was initiated in ancient Greece. They adopted a semi-democratic structure that helped the struggling majorities with economic, social, and political problems by making appropriate laws. However, it was not fully democratic as the well-being of the wealthy minorities always came as a priority while forming the laws.
The ancient Greek theater began as a way of honoring the Gods. Slowly, with passing time, it became the art form that attracted and nurtured the talents of the artists. Two of the major genre of theater or film, tragedy and comedy were gifted to the world by Greeks.
More than 3,000 years ago the greatest sports tradition of the modern world began in the astounding city of Olympia. It began as an event to honor God Zeus then slowly turned into a ritual until banned in 393 AD as a 'pagan cult'. 1896 was the first year when it started again paving the path for the modern Olympics.
Sounds unbelievable? It was actually Greeks who invented this concept. Hero of Alexandria created a device where he tossed a coin in the machine slot to get a fixed amount of holy water.
Around 400 BC, Greeks invented the science of plumbing. They set well-organized and functional plumbing systems for baths, fountains, and homes. The sewer system was quite advanced for its time.
Your friend who helps you wake up every morning has its root of origin in the land of Greece. Now, if you are thinking a tiny device waking up everyone in the ancient days, then you need to correct the path of your imagination. They used a mechanism that helped in creating the sound of pebbles on drums or water organs at pre-set times.
How many times do you use your Google maps to find the correct way? Maps have always been an essential part of human history. The art of studying and making maps is known as cartography. Every time you use a map you can extend your thanks to the ancient Greeks. One of the pioneer cartographers was Anaximander who made maps of the ancient world along with the contribution to the sciences of astronomy.
During the 1st Century BC, Heron of Alexandria created schematics for automatic doors. The doors would operate with the help of the steam power for the temples.
Again a big round of applause for the ancient Greeks who pioneered the use of water power. The first authentic Greek mill in history carries the evidence of this invention.
Huge lighthouses were used by the ancient Greeks that showed the path for the modern versions. The ancient lighthouse was divided into three layers. The base was square shaped and the middle one octagonal. The structure was completed with the third layer that acted as a beacon.