25 Modern Inventions That Are Really Ancient

It is widely believed that we are now living during the most technologically advanced era in history. However, and despite all the incredible advancements we have achieved as humans, more and more archaeological findings that come to light forces us to reconsider many things about our ancestors and their incredible contributions to our supposed modern inventions. Actually there are many thinkers and historians who believe that we invented few things during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and in reality what we did was improve many of the things our ancestors already invented. Are they correct? These 25 modern inventions which find their origins in antiquity seem to support this theory.

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Don’t tell your American friends but according to various historical sources the ancient Greeks came up with the recipe for pancakes. Greeks called pancakes teganetes, which translates to “frying pan” (the vessel used to cook the pancakes). These ancient Greek pancakes were made with wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk, and were usually served for breakfast just as they are today.



Greek fire

When most people or even historians refer to the flamethrower they usually talk about World War I during which many falsely think it was used for the first time. The navy of the Byzantine Empire, however, had developed a destructive combustible fluid that burned even on water; they called it “Greek Fire” and its contribution to the battlefield was immense because it helped the empire survive Arab invasions during the seventh and eighth centuries.




The average person thinks that perfumes are a relatively new contribution by the French but archaeologists would strongly disagree since they recently uncovered what are believed to be the world’s oldest perfumes in Pyrgos, Cyprus. The perfumes were discovered in an ancient perfumery and are believed to date back to 4,000 years ago. Maybe there was a reason after all why the ancient Greeks used to say that a sexy lady “smells like a goddess.”




Before the Romans came up with the luxurious baths and spas, the ancient Greeks used showers similar to those we use today.




Even though there are many theories about the origins of football and most of them are lost in antiquity, it is a known fact that when Roman soldiers occupied Britain they played a game in which two approximately equal teams tried to force an inflated ball over a line marked on the ground at the rear of their opponents. This game was called Harpastum and is considered the ancestor of modern football.

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