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What Did The Romans Actually Do For Us?

Welcome to a very special episode, and this
time we’ll be checking out the Romans – and What Did The Romans Actually Do For Us? On the right you can see a league table of
popular civilisations in the world and.. Place your bets NOW! as to which one will be the
most creative civilisation of them all. Lets start with.. Sanitation
Public toilets – first seen in Mesopotamia 3000bc, along with steam baths Public baths – Indus Valley in Pakistan – around 2350bc Flushing toilets were popularised by the Indus
Valley peoples of modern day Pakistan around 2000 bc Pipe pluming – The Minoan civilisation of
Crete, such as the city of Knossos, used clay pipes to bring fresh water in and take waste
water out, of a complex water system under the city, around 1750bc. By around 1500bc many Greek and phonetician
homes had their own indoor wells, sewage systems, showers, and walk in ceramic spa baths with
hot and cold running water. Education Alphabet – writing was invented by Egyptians
around 3500 bc, modern alphabet was invented by the phoneticians around 1050bc Mathematics – invented by the Sumerians (which
is modern day Iraq) around 3,000 bc, and developed later by the Babylons modern day Iraq, who
also gave us tables, 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 360 degrees in
a circle. Education – itself was popularised in Sumeria,
Judah and Mesopotamia at least 1000bc, and we know the Babylonians had libraries around
650bc, long before the Romans got started. Public law and order. Criminal Justice codes – go back to the Sumerians,
who invented the Code of Hammurabi around 1750bc. It was then developed by the ancient Greeks Democracy – developed and named in Athens
circa 508 B.C. In ancient Greece Elections – came with democracy and again was Greek Policing – was done by guards of the region
or city, and guarding camps goes back to prehistoric times. Wine
Grapes are native to Armenia, oldest winery was found in Armenia, dated back to around
4100bc. The oldest pottery bottle of time was found
in modern day Georgia, and dates back to 6,000 BC Glassware was developed by the Phoenicians.
Merchants transporting stone discovered glass accidentally in the region of Syria around
5000 BC. They developed glass beads of different colours, which they would trade for gold all
around the Mediterranean. The earliest glass containers date back to 1500 BC and were found
in Mesopotamia. Roads The oldest paved roads found in the Indus
valley modern day Pakistani, dating from 4000bc The wheel was invented by the Sumerians, around
5000bc Paved Roads: Around 2000bc, it was the Minoans
who build a paved road from Knossos to ports on the sound of the island. The Romans advanced the building of roads
until the end of the empire, but by AD 800 the first tar-paved roads had already been
laid in Baghdad, which is modern day iraq, thanks to the nearby oil resources. Irrigation The oldest irrigation system was found in
southern Iran dating around 7000bc. The Indus valley tribes in modern day Pakistan
also developed irrigation around 4500bc A fresh water system Underground water courses date back to 2700bc
and came from Iran Aqueducts – popularised by the Assyrians,
from modern day Syria, around 700bc with the city of Nineveh, said to be the actual hanging
gardens of Babylon. Medicine Medicine developed by the Sumerians and the
Babylonians in iraq around 2000 bc. They introduced the practice of diagnosis, prognosis, physical
examination, and remedies, along with the first Diagnostic Handbook Ayurvedic medicine and surgery invented in india, and also in China. Chinese medicine dates back to around 500 BC Hippocrates and the Greeks then developed
medicine around 400bc Public health care The first dentistry dates to 7000 BC in Pakistan
where Neolithic dentists used flint-tipped drills and bowstrings. Hippocrates and the Greeks advanced health
care around 400 bc The first hospital was opened in Baghdad in
800 AD. Brought peace? No, they did not bring peace – they invaded
and occupied the lands, slaughtered and burned everything in their way – and sold everyone
else into slavery, It was the ancient Phoneticians who were the most famous for spreading trade and peace. The colour Purple Invented by the Phoneticians when they noticed
a very smelly sea shell produced a purple dye. It was known as Tyrian Purple after its
discovery in Tyre. Entertainment Public Arenas used for fighting and racing,
was known as the Greek Hippodrome and developed by the Greeks Public Theatre! – another greek idea, going
back to Aristotle Stadiums! – were greek. – around 776bc, athletes
from all over greece would compete in a 4 yearly Olympic games competition. Forums – came from the Greek Agora; which
were meeting places for trade and politics, initially developed by the Greeks around 800bc. Rome – Rome was founded in 753bc by Greeks
from the Arcadia region, they named it Rhome in Greek meaning Strength or Vigour. And Latin was developed by Rome, and was invented
around 680bc As you can see, Rome has managed to get one!
thing invented and yes Romans did popularise some things but you have to remember, they
only spread them to the Elite and the Roman Higher classes which occupied the areas, and
if you were a native then you didnt get steam baths and under-floor heating. You didnt get
eductaion – you didnt get much! In fact you didnt get anything! You were and slave and
treated as a slave, and sometimes you were captured as a slave and sold back into slavery.
So its important to realise that the slow moving Roman Elite civilization was for Elites.
And its only much later, and even much sooner, when the Phonecians developed all of this,
and traded the knowledge around the world, and maybe in the 20th century the Surfs can
finally afford walk-in steam baths with hot and cold running water.


  1. Λογος Author

    So Greeks did nothing in the fields of maths? What a joke. RΗΘΜΣ is not readable in greek. R is latin athow you can found it in archaic greek. Η is an i. Θ is th. and Σ is a s. So RΗΘΜΣ could be translated into RITHMS. ok. cool. In greek ROME is ΡΟΜΗ (Ρομη)…

  2. LemonTubeAmiga Author

    Ok so just a few extra notes, seeing as I used up the description for the subtitles (which I ended up adding to YouTube CC anyway). This list was inspired in part by a talk by (current PM) Boris Johnson and Mary Beard, which you can find on youtube, in which they argued the case between the Romans and the Greeks. This gave me some ideas. I then went on my own search for the facts, and found most of the suggestions made in the Life of Brian sketch were not invented or developed by the Romans at all, but by other countries, hence the title.

    The final item in the list was Brought Peace, and this got a point for the phoneticians as they did bring trade and peace. Looking at the video here, the numbers for the Greeks looked very low, so I added a few things I knew where adopted from the Greeks, like the entertainments and sports. I missed out Mathematics by mistake (an important one in sid meier's civilization!), but this would have still not been enough to beat the Middle East. I thought it would be best to end the horse race there, to add some tragedy, otherwise the Greeks would have cleaned the whole table and stood as lofty as the Gods themselves. Zeus wouldnt like that very much, and would have rained brimstone on my arse if the Greeks had walked home to victory with no effort.

    I also added a bit about the colour Purple, when I found out where it came from, but I didnt say very much about this in the video. I make up for it, I added a bit more info about this in the CC Subtitles.

    Of course its important to realise that many things have been invented and lost over the years, and reinvented over and over. Just because Showers were invented, doesnt mean there were widespread. Maths may have been for scholars and socialites in the city, but the general county population didnt learn to read or write as you might think. Illiteracy was normal among the general citizens of every country until the 20th Century, when schools were extended to all regions and became compulsory. Books and scriptures in general were sacred up until that point, and only the highest order were able to read or write, even up with the Middle Ages. Today, only 30% of the world have all the items in this video. There are some parts of India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and of course Africa who have access to non of these items, including a basic water supply or irrigation.


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