Speak if it's Greek
Truth or lie, fact or fiction? In our show "Speak if it's Greek" we wish to give you, the listener, in an entertaining way the chance to test your own knowledge.
Is the story you will hear true, and the item really of Greek origin? Or are we just pulling your leg? Listen an decide for yourself. The correct answer will be given away every week in the preview, and below the video.
So go ahead and Speak if it's Greek!
Of course people started to describe and to analyze the past a long time ago, and history, as a matter of fact, was firstly invented in ancient Greece.
Herodotus, who lived in the 5th century B.C.E. is known as the “Father of History”. The preface of his writing “Histories” begins with the exposure of the author’s intention of collecting deeds and facts, as well as the causes behind them, in order to keep them in humans’ memory.
It is well-known that the Ancient Greeks were skilled sailors, in fact they are also the inventors of the globe.
This week's topic will be the sink, an everyday object that brings a lot of comfort to our lives. However, it was not always that comfortable to wash your hands at a sink. In the past one hand had to be washed after the other because the water didn't run automatically. Nevertheless, the ancient Greeks changed that quickly and invented the automated sink with running water, so everyone could wash both hands at the same time.
Everybody may know the sound of a harp, played virtuously by a musician creating sounds, that seem a little bit outer space, extraterrestrial and strange, but in the same way harmonically satisfying and peaceful. Could you imagine those sounds created by nothing else but the wind? The ancient Greeks could or at least discovered that this is possible if you create an instrument that catches the vibes of the wind and transforms them into music.
Everyone knows that the ancient and current Greeks played a significant roll in the creation of the medical system how we have it today.
They made big researches in the usage of different substances in plants or the creation of important tools. But did you also know that it was a Greek who firstly created the endoscope or in Greek “ενδοσκόπιο” which could be translated as “target inside”.
The Greeks invented many wonderful tools and machines that evolved over time and became what we know now, like the alarm clock created by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (water alarm clock).
But there is a tool that remains the same after thousands of years : the needle eye. It's one of the oldest tools we still use every day, just like people did in the past.