Most people do not think of Western culture at all when they think of Ancient Greece. Instead they typically think of the Olympics, Greek gods, and mythology. None of those are really things that people use in everyday life, other than in history classes. However, there are plenty of things that the Greeks invented that are still used today, in different variations. A lot of things in Western culture nowadays have links to Ancient Greece, from plumbing to urban planning. This list is a compilation of some of the many things that people can thank Ancient Greece for.


In ancient Greece, there weren’t always ports for boats to sail through. In order to guide boats at night time, the Greeks lit fires on hilltops, and often used platforms to increase visibility.


Money is one of the most important things in the world, believe it or not, and ancient Greeks actually invented one of the first forms of currency – coins!

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