Ancient Greek Inventions in Modern Society

archimedesSome of the most well-known objects of our daily lives originated in ancient Greece. Aside from such concepts as philosophy and democracy, ancient Greeks contributed many inventions we still use today.

Alarm clock: The first alarm clock was created in ancient Greece, by Ctesibus, a Hellenistic engineer and inventor. He developed an elaborate system of dropping pebbles on to a gong in order to make a sound. This sound was set to happen at specific time intervals.

Odometer: There is a dispute around the Greek inventor of the odometer as some say it was the Hero of Alexandria while others claim that it was Archimedes. The invention of the odometer helped the ancient Greek civilization by boosting its economy.

Central heating: According to archaeological findings in ancient Greece, the Temple of Ephesus was kept warm using flues under the floor to circulate the heat of the fire.

Thermometer: The original concept of the current thermometer dates back almost 2,000 years. The Greeks of Alexandria were the first who figured out how air expands when exposed to high temperatures. Philo of Byzantium was the first to apply this technique.

Map: The Greek scientist Anaximander was the first who conceptualized the ideas of longitude and latitude. Later, Strabo and Eratosthenes created maps spanning the world.

Lever:  The lever was first described by the Greek mathematician Archimedes in 260 BC. The use of the lever contributed to the impressive constructions of the ancient era.