Top 10 Best Things to Come Out of Ancient Greece

Greece! The greatest foundation to influencing western culture! They had the ability to adapt and learn from others in order to develop their own civilization, and as a result, gave the world many advancements that we still have round today. Where would we be without the Greeks? Let’s take a look at the things they gave to the world.

The Top Ten

1 Medicine Medicine

Thanks to the work of Hippocrates, among others, Greek scientists and doctors tested symptoms and cures, and developed the first medicines using herbs, egg white, and opium. It was the first step to developing cures for deadly sicknesses at the time. - Archived

Yep, back then a lot of people depended on their gods to heal them and it is obvious that didn't work. Hippocrates was the first to really challenge that. - 2storm

2 Philosophy Philosophy

Socrates taught Plato taught Aristotle. Thinkers like these questioned everything they could, and developed theories across the board that still have some form of relevance today in one way or another. - Archived

Obvious one. I still can't forget the fact that Plato is still ahead of his time. - Kevinsidis

A very important thing that was passed on. Another great list. - 2storm

3 Geometry

Thanks to Pythagoras and his geometric theorem of his name, Thales of Miletus correctly predicting the next solar eclipse by measuring the shadows of pyramids, and others who used deductive reasoning to help establish geometry in the mathematics field. - Archived

Pythagorean Theorem - 2storm

4 Jury System

All Athenians participated in government assemblies (okay, not all of them, but most of them). Majority votes would win decisions by a simple vote of hand. This developed into a jury system in which those accused of crime would be judged by their peers. This system is still with us today. - Archived

5 Astronomy

Some Greeks had challenged the idea of the world and suggested that Earth was in fact round. Eratosthenes studied the shadows in two different locations and calculated the circumference of the world based off his observations. It took a lot of time before people came to accept these theories, but it was nonetheless an advancement in thinking. - Archived

6 Olympic Games

Sporting competitions arose much earlier than Greek times, but the early Olympic Games are significant since we still host them today, albeit in a much different format. Back then, sporting competitions were hosted in honor of Zeus, and were fought out to win the gods' favor. It would take over 1500 years for the games to be revived. - Archived

Their form of entertainment. - 2storm

7 Stadiums

Greek architecture was undoubtedly ahead of its time. Stadiums, most famously the Parthenon, were developed for the purposes of watching theatre performances and sporting events. They were large and welcoming to anyone wishing to watch the events. - Archived

8 Alarm Clock

The first alarm clock was developed by Plato, which used water dropping through clay vessels which eventually caused air pressure to sound off a whistle. It’s a long way to our modern alarms, but it was a revolution of its time. - Archived

9 Theatre

The Athenians were the first to develop theatre performance. Tragedies were common among plays, taking inspiration from Greek mythology. Greeks weren’t shy of humor, as their comedic plays were said to be outlandish, with hints of special effects and musical numbers. - Archived

10 Human Sculptures

Sculpting could be seen as an art back then, evolving from static poses to more dynamic results. It was a great preoccupation at the time, and would later influence art of the Renaissance period. - Archived

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