Ancient times are very fascinating, especially when it comes to the Greeks. Between the years 800 B.C. and 146 B.C., the Greeks made advances in art, poetry, medicine, and technology. But there was a less glamorous side of Greek life. From using stones to clean themselves to their unconventional birth control methods, these are 5 most crazy things the ancient Greeks did.
One of the wackiest things the Greeks are known for is their medical practices. A physician named Hippocrates was well-known for his alternative way of diagnosing his patients. He wasn’t opposed to tasting their earwax and sampling their bodily fluids in order to find the best treatment options!
Sports and competitions were a big part of Greek culture, and the athletes were worshipped by onlookers. Make sure to read the article to know about the very strange habit of bottling athletes sweat following their competitions. We’ll also be telling a story about one competitor who took his last breath just as he was announced as the winner of a brutal competition.
We’ll also be telling you the one unique feature that was deemed as very attractive for the women of this era. Here’s a hint: it has to do with their eyebrows. If you’d like to see even more crazy things the ancient Greeks did, including their secret to lighter skin, Pythagoras warning about fava beans, and the truth behind Milo of Croton’s strength, make sure to read our article! Let us know in the comments which of these facts shocked you the most.
1. Weird Medical Practices
The early Greeks were advanced and innovative when it came to technology and medicine. But that doesn’t change the fact that some of their medical practices were a bit on the strange side. Back in 2005, an author by the name of Dr.David.H. Newman published a book about a few of the Greek’s missteps when it came to modern medicine.
One of the greatest revelations was a practice used by a Greek physician named Hippocrates. He’s still considered to be one of the leaders in the medical industry. However, one of his methods still shocks people to this day. When it came time to diagnosing his patients, Hippocrates didn’t mind getting down and dirty. He used all his senses, but his sense of taste was the most important. He was known to sample his patient’s bodily fluids, and munch on their earwax to assess their sickness.