Speak if it's Greek

Truth or lie, fact or fiction? In our show "Speak if it's Greek" we wish to give you, the listener, in an entertaining way the chance to test your own knowledge.

Is the story you will hear true, and the item really of Greek origin? Or are we just pulling your leg? Listen an decide for yourself. The correct answer will be given away every week in the preview, and below the video.

So go ahead and Speak if it's Greek!

The Aeolian harp

Everybody may know the sound of a harp, played virtuously by a musician creating sounds, that seem a little bit outer space, extraterrestrial and strange, but in the same way harmonically satisfying and peaceful. Could you imagine those sounds created by nothing else but the wind? The ancient Greeks could or at least discovered that this is possible if you create an instrument that catches the vibes of the wind and transforms them into music.


The Endoscope

Everyone knows that the ancient and current Greeks played a significant roll in the creation of the medical system how we have it today.
They made big researches in the usage of different substances in plants or the creation of important tools. But did you also know that it was a Greek who firstly created the endoscope or in Greek “ενδοσκόπιο” which could be translated as “target inside”.


The needle eye

The Greeks invented many wonderful tools and machines that evolved over time and became what we know now, like the alarm clock created by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (water alarm clock).

But there is a tool that remains the same after thousands of years : the needle eye. It's one of the oldest tools we still use every day, just like people did in the past.



Sometimes I hear a word in English or German and I instantly wonder where it’s coming from. The same happened when I heard the word “anaesthesia”. Sounds super Greek doesn’t it?



Not everyone knows that the shield was actually invented in Greece by a thief.
One day a young Athenian wanted to steal some very valuable jewelry but since it was raining he decided to build an object out of a piece of wood to protect himself from the rain.



Today I would like to know from you what paper means for you?
In our daily life we use nearly everywhere paper: for books, letters, notebooks, packages, to wrap presents, to wrap sweets, for toilet paper, tissues and a lot more.   
But to the people of which century and from which nation do we owe this really helpful invention, the papermaking?


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