WE MAY NOT HAVE THESE THINGS IF IT WASN'T FOR ANCIENT GREECE
Added on: 28th Mar 2016
CLOCK TOWERS (AND WEATHER STATIONS)
When people think of clock towers, they usually think of medieval
Europe, but in reality the first clock tower was built in ancient Greece.
The Tower of the Winds in Athens, right under the Acropolis, was
the first clock tower and weather station. It helped local merchants
estimate the time of delivery for their products and, at the
same time, helped them protect their freight from extreme
Before the Romans came up with the hypocaust system, the Greeks,
specifically the Minoans, had a system of their own. The Greeks would
place pipes under floors in their homes through which they passed
warm water in order to keep the rooms and floors heated during the
winter season. For this reason they usually built their homes so that
the tile floors were supported by cylindrical pillars, creating a space
beneath the floor where hot vapours from a central fire could
circulate and spread through flues in the walls.
The ancient Greeks were the first to have an automated sink with
running water, so both hands could be washed at the same time.
They washed themselves with lumps of clay, had steam baths
and rubbed their skin with oil, which they then scraped off with
an instrument called a strigil, along with any dirt.
The ancient Greeks were the first to use baskets of stones, large
sacks filled with sand, and wooden logs filled with lead as anchors.
Such anchors held the vessel merely by their weight and by
their friction along the bottom. Iron was afterwards introduced for
the construction of anchors, and an improvement was made by
producing them with teeth to fasten themselves to the bottom.
The ancient Greeks were the first people to have showers.
Their aqueducts and sewage systems made of lead pipes allowed
water to be pumped into and out of large communal shower
rooms used by the elite and common citizens alike.
When you think of an automatic sliding door you probably think it’s
a fairly modern thing, but that’s not true. The Greeks invented
automatic sliding doors for temples in order to add mystic
qualities to them and to assist their polytheistic culture.
The first automatic doors worked via compressed air or water.
The first awakening device in human history, also known as
“Plato’s Alarm Clock,” was a contribution of the famous philosopher
and bears his name. This genius device worked with water.
According to the Smithsonian, the “Pigeon” of Archytas was a
wooden bird that could flap its wings and fly (up to two hundred metres),
powered by some sort of compressed air or internal steam engine.
Archytas created the artificial bird to study what gives birds the
ability to fly and ended up accidentally giving to the world the
first flying machine in history.