Ancient Greek Inventions and Discoveries
The ancient Greeks were curious and creative. They explored inventions and discoveries in the arts, philosophy, science, architecture, medicine, geometry, cartography, and more. Some of their inventions and discoveries include:
Invention of the wheelbarrow
Invention of the watermill, used to grind grain
Invention of the odometer by Archimedes to measure distances
Discovery by Archimedes that submerging a solid object in water will displace water in an amount matching the weight of that object - in other words, how things float!
Aristotle insisted that the Earth was a globe and that the Earth revolved around the sun. These ideas were ignored in later time periods, but re-established when it was discovered that Aristotle, so long ago, was right!
Great strides in medicine by an ancient Greek doctor, Hippocrates, in 460 BC. Today, Hippocrates is known as the father of western medicine.
Improvements in cartography, or map making, begun by the ancient Babylonians and improved by the ancient Greeks
Improvements in geometry, begun by both the Babylonians and the Egyptians, and greatly improved by the ancient Greeks who insisted on geometric proofs rather than statements, using deductive reasoning, much like we do today
The invention of the shower
Invention of the stadium and the Olympic games
Trial by Jury - The Ancient Greeks did not invent trial by jury, but they certainly fine tuned it
Greek Myths - Myths we still enjoy today!
See also: Inventions by Ancient Civilizations