Why You Wouldn’t Survive Life In Ancient Greece

Why You Wouldn’t Survive Life In Ancient Greece


Compared to other ancient civilizations, life
was simpler back in Greece, right? Wrong! While we’d like to imagine it as a cultured
and sophisticated society, there’s absolutely no way you’d survive life in ancient Greece
for long. Here’s why. Feeling unwell? Prior to the 5th century BCE, the human body
was basically left to the mercy of the gods. Patients often participated in a healing ritual
called temple sleep, or incubation. It’s exactly what it sounds like patients
would literally just go to sleep in a temple. And then, in the morning, they’d tell a priest
about their dreams from the night before. Based on that dream, the priest would prescribe
a remedy, usually in the form of incantation or a charm of some sort or they’d simply declare
the patient healed. There were technically doctors back then…
but there weren’t any specific requirements for people who advertised themselves as such. And as for surgery, these are the kinds of
tools that were used… the stuff of nightmares. “This is going to be extremely painful, Mr.
Verrill.” “Oohhhhhh!” Meanwhile, anyone who happened to live in
Athens in 430 BC had roughly a 25 percent chance of dying in a horrible way. That’s because a mysterious plague broke out
that lasted for about five years, and the death toll was catastrophic. This plague ended up killing somewhere between
75,000 to 100,000 people. Many aspects of the human body were a complete
mystery in ancient Greece. People firmly believed that if a woman was
ill, it was likely because she’d fallen victim to a wayward womb. You heard that right: This ancient piece of
pseudo-science even had a name: the “wandering womb.” Some physicians believed the womb was an entirely
separate entity that just so happened to live inside women. According to Wired, it was widely believed
that these freewheeling wombs could be coaxed back into place by applying pleasant smells
to a woman’s you-know-what. Meanwhile, highly unpleasant smells were applied
to whatever part of the body the womb had theoretically wandered off to. Oh, and there was another treatment prescribed
for keeping a womb in place: Pregnancy. And in the ancient world, pregnancy and delivery
were exceptionally dangerous. According to Women in Antiquity, a pregnancy
was prescribed for everything from fever and insomnia to chronic back pain. Geez. Sparta is widely considered the most militaristic
of the Greek city-states. At the height of its power around 404 BC the
city of Sparta didn’t even have walls. Inhabitants evidently felt that they didn’t
need them… because they had Spartans. When it comes to Sparta, figuring out what’s
real and what’s fiction can be tough. We know the land in Sparta was very fertile…
and not having to worry about food meant that people could focus on other hobbies like poetry
and bloody battle. “This is Sparta!” Sparta’s militaristic bent began when it managed
to conquer the neighboring land of Messenia, turning its inhabitants into slaves. Boys were trained from the age of 7 to 20,
and they were basically expected to be resistant to hunger and cold despite being given precious
little in the way of food, clothing, or supplies. If they were suspected of having any kind
of disability, the Spartans would kill them usually when they were infants. According to National Geographic, the only
time these slaves got a break from training was when they were actually at war. According to the BBC, the ancient Greeks took
a minimalist approach to make-up. They didn’t want the cosmetics to appear obvious
they just wanted their skin to look healthy. Unfortunately, these cosmetics were made from
lead and mercury. In fact, such powders were used well into
the 19th century. According to University College London, that’s
when women started using much more of the stuff and the damaging effects became quite
apparent: Blackened skin. Baldness. Even damage to teeth. According to NBC News, both men and women
in ancient Greece took to wearing lead face cream, which was believed to help keep their
complexions clear and even improve the condition of their skin. It did neither, of course. Around 1177 BC, several civilizations fell
including the Babylonians, the Egyptians, and early Greek civilizations like the Minoans
and Mycenaeans . Cities were sacked and burned. Trade routes, abandoned. In a letter, Babylonian king Hammurabi described
the scenario like this: “Behold, the enemy’s ships came; my cities
were burned, and they did evil things in my country.” No one’s really sure who these enemies were
… but they do know a great many people met a grisly end at the hands of a group of raiders
known only as the Sea Peoples. Egyptian records tell tall tales of a mysterious
people who laid waste to the entire area. It seems as though they first showed up alongside
the Hittites. Strangely, no one recorded who they were or
exactly where they came from. They fought in Egypt and the Mediterranean
for centuries, destroying entire cities and settlements and then moving on. And then these mysterious pirates fell out
of Egyptian history in 1178 BC. Would you have survived their warships and
ceaseless rampages? We’re guessing the answer is no. According to Punishment in Ancient Athens,
people were often punished by society out of sheer anger. Anyone could bring charges against anyone
else. About 96 percent of surviving court documents
feature cases in which one person simply hated the other. By the time both parties were in court, it
was the prosecutor’s job to make the jury feel equally angry so that punishment could
be handed out and supposed justice served. Suffice it to say, the laws of ancient Greece
could be incredibly brutal. In the 7th century BC, Athens asked an aristocrat
named Draco to draft a new set of laws.This fellow is why we use the word “Draconian”
to describe particularly brutal laws. He was, in short, a complete and utter jerk. As Encyclopedia Brittanica explains it, “Draconian laws were […] said to be written
in blood, rather than ink. Death was prescribed for almost all criminal
offenses.” Think you would have survived these harsh
laws? You likely would have been sentenced to death
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74 comments on “Why You Wouldn’t Survive Life In Ancient Greece

  1. Scott Cox Post author

    Prescribing pregnancy for an illness? Sounds like the US healthcare system. They tell you to “get f#%*ed” too.

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  2. William mcdonald Post author

    I've thought about this before hearing about this..Well at least the being more close to the temples and the cold stones used and all that Jazz! Probably not to out their since theirs a lot of illustrations kind of like this

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  3. William mcdonald Post author

    But the dream thing..That's good because a couple seconds after you wake up you end up forgetting your dreams, usually..Unless you write it down right away! So a doctor their asking what you dreamed could make a difference!

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  4. Robot Hunter Post author

    An even greater number of people met their grisly ends by a group of raiders known only as the "Arsenic Suppository People." The lead and mercury makeup was a birthday cake by comparison.

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  5. William mcdonald Post author

    The Coronavirus..Do we have to wait for it to get bad..Can we not rely on our animal brains and head for the hills!

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  6. girlstorm09 Post author

    you know as a child growing up I was always told many times how we have it so easy now. many kids were told that…..but yet recently you have those super cynical weirdos who say how life back in the olden days was sooooo much better than now! hell i even seen a few say living during the Great Depression was a lot of easier life than now!! not kidding! i mean come on people we all know we have it easier than ever before! its because so many movies and TV shows glorify all these past time periods and so many people apparently seem to think fictional stories are reality for some odd reason!! i guess the TV use to be called the "boob tube" for a reason……

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  7. Slammy555 Post author

    I imagine I'd die pretty quickly if you took me and put me in ancient Greece, but considering all my immunities and diseases I'd likely take some people with me. The average life expectancy was 35 years old from what I read, after which your hand gem flashes red and you hope to survive the rite of carousel.

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  8. Stephen Powdexter Post author

    The bit about the 1177 is sort of out of place, referring to a much earlier period. It’s interesting though.

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  9. by Daniel Chiotis Post author

    Show us a civilization that has survived.
    What will they say about us.
    Who is next on the block to be the smartest or dumbest?
    Jamaica?
    Israel?
    Hawaiians?
    The Atlantians?
    Lol

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  10. The Verbally Abusive Clown Post author

    Listen A-hole, I've been deathly ill for the past couple of weeks and only changed my underpants ONCE during that time so don't tell me that I wouldn't have survived life in Ancient Greece o.k.???

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  11. Faylum1 Post author

    Wish i was a Spartan, to be raised to defend your country and respect your traditions and to die for the survival of your nation would be amazing. Nowadays i would literally hit the reset button without a moment's hesitation for this burning mess we call the modern world, where all honour and decency has been hijacked by racist, sexist, bigots who want nothing more than to degrade our ancestors and influence our children into being degenerative delinquents. But being a Spartan soldier, being praised for being a man, what a beautiful world that would have been.

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  12. Ric Persaud Post author

    Kratos after killing Hermès released the plague towards mankind so it’s no so mysterious.. shit I would have done the same thing .. silly mortals .

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  13. kevinkegan1 Post author

    This video has so many mistakes it and a fair amount of it is complete misinformation. A lot of things here are wrongly presented or shown by one side to serve the video's purpose.

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  14. Robert Folkner Post author

    Draco was looked upon with great favor. His laws were ruthless, but the people viewed him as having taken the crime problem in hand.

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  15. Giwrgos Dram Post author

    Luckily I am in modern Greece, despite the poverty, and the economic decline, and the poverty, and the social conflicts, and the unstable government
    Yeah so lucky to be now 😢

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  16. NexisFilms Post author

    Short Answer : Because You're a piece of sh!t Millennial who will go insane without the Internet after 10 minutes .

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  17. Anna Agiantritis Post author

    What a load of Bull Shit!!
    FFS Why are you allowed to post all these fake information!
    Without Ancient Greece, you Wouldn't be so advanced as you are now! 🤬

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  18. ask the Etruscans Post author

    I bet people were more civil. Knowing that it could end with a spear or sword jammed into one's guts, would tend to discourage being argumentative and petty just for sport.

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  19. Mark Jarrett Post author

    Really interesting video. I would not have survived for long. Something to bear in mind is that Greece is a modern concept. It did not become a country until the 1820's.

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  20. Henrik Hafthor Post author

    This is why YOU wouldn't survive in ancient Greece. Gym rats, athletes, contractors, combat vets, singers/musicians, artists, math/science nerds, and medical practitioners would all find their place and do fine if they go back in a time machine.
    It's everyone else without any talents or skills that's surviving by the grace of modern businesses and technologies that would be screwed 😆

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  21. TJT Acosta Post author

    Seriously, who writes this bs?! Talk about all over the map yet it's supposed to be about ancient Greece. Btw, the never referred to themselves as Greek, just an fyi…try doing some research Grunge.

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  22. FVR Renting Post author

    4:26 one of the stupidest movie mistakes ever, who the hell came up with the idea to bring llamas to the set of the movie troy
    Llamas are native to America so it is impossible that llamas were in Greece back then

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  23. Giannis Zelianaios Post author

    Where did you get that from??? Without us you would not have MEDICARE AND MEDICINE!! do some research please

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  24. Mel Ilian Post author

    Wtf dude where did you hear that? We didn't kill our children. That's just a myth. That mothers would throw their children to Keada a big whole in the mountains if they had any kind of disability; archeologists investigated it and there were no bones. We're not that cruel geez.

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  25. Berkley Pearl Post author

    Here I was thinking they would talk about food production, gender roles, manual labor, religion, and other such facets of daily life. I’m utterly disappointed in myself for having been fooled by the title and hoping that the algorithm would provide me with the kind of content I actually like

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  26. christina karydi Post author

    Faith based?? Where did you get that kind of info? Apparently they don't teach you ancient Greek history and philosophy in high school, huh?
    Θα μας τρελάνεις, ρε φίλε!

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  27. Mr Kapari Post author

    Λαϊκ αν είσαι Ελληναρας που επιβιώνει με τα σουβλάκια του

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