Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue

Nov 24, 2020
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This BLUE my mind, I just had to share.
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  • China yus purple

    tiago game altinktiago game altink3 hours ago
  • Greek yus blu

    tiago game altinktiago game altink3 hours ago
  • Egypten jus blu

    tiago game altinktiago game altink3 hours ago
  • Seeings how im a scholar of such things. In the Bible, the word 'blue' occurs fifty times, all of which are in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word translated as this color is tekeleth (Strong's Concordance #H8504), which is a reference to the animal from which the dye is obtained. Its meaning in Scripture is that of representing God (Exodus 24:10, 25:3, 38:18, Numbers 4:6 - 12, 2Chronicles 2:7, Ezekiel 1:26, etc.), royalty (Esther 1:6, Ezekiel 23:6, Jeremiah 10:9), riches (Ezekiel 27:7, 24) or service to God and godly living (Exodus 28:6, 8, 13, 31, Numbers 15:38 - 40, Esther 8:15). Exodus, written about 1468 bc, this is not a well researched video

    The JourneyThe Journey9 hours ago
  • It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?

    August BoothAugust Booth14 hours ago
  • I'm blue

    Samsuffi 200Samsuffi 200Day ago
  • Um, blue IS mentioned in the Hebrew bible. The word Techelet (תְּכֵלֶת) is a specific blue shade that comes from a sea snail and is mentioned in the book of Numbers. It's also found in other Hebrew texts like the story of Queen Esther where it's mentioned alongside Argaman (אַרְגָּמָן), which is purple.

    Brooque613Brooque613Day ago
  • Ffffffff u fake

    Constantinos NicolakisConstantinos NicolakisDay ago
  • Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance

    Kawa GucciKawa GucciDay ago
  • Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color

  • Blue dye from shells was one of the few colors that could be controlled in those days. So, I wonder if this blue story is true...

    thomas aquinasthomas aquinasDay ago
  • Red Black White are All i see In my infancy

    PiroclanidisPiroclanidisDay ago
  • Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος

    Hell of edits 2.0Hell of edits 2.02 days ago
  • Blue is the new black.

    SerenaSerena2 days ago
  • Μπλε, να το είπα xddd

    RedRed2 days ago
  • If Hebrew didn't have blue, what was תכלת, and how did it differ from ארגמן?

    Pierre AbbatPierre Abbat2 days ago
  • what a clickbait lying title. you offer no proof they couldn't see blue. They saw blue and just considered it a shade of another color because it was uncommon...

    KDD0063KDD00632 days ago
  • Trying to explain the logic sounds so illogical. At no time of a clear DAY do I ever see black when I look skyward. It would be more believable that the sky actually was different due to whatever; lots of volcanic eruptions, massive dust clouds happening more often - whatever. But describing the sky as wine-dark doesn’t even hint at blue. And if all the ancient civilizations did the same thing, why do we think they just didn’t know how to describe what we see?

    Ingo SchweitzerIngo Schweitzer2 days ago
  • 3,45,9 this is pi followed by

    Serena BirkheadSerena Birkhead2 days ago
  • 20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK

    Dinamike .21Dinamike .212 days ago
  • Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷

    Vivi Marie FedorovVivi Marie Fedorov2 days ago
  • Wot no orange??

    HARRY CarryHARRY Carry3 days ago
  • I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌

    music by tolismusic by tolis3 days ago
  • Me a Greek person:...

    Purple Wolfie 69Purple Wolfie 693 days ago
  • I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.

    Dad TimeDad Time3 days ago
  • therefore mozart wasn’t a genius

    jon ajon a3 days ago
  • I've noticed a similar effect, and is part of the reason I became a motorcyclist. After realizing how little my mind recognized motorcycles on the road, I started riding so that I would notice them more.

    dallen3000dallen30003 days ago
  • Your presentation is flawed since the ancient Greeks had two words for different shades of blue: Cyanó and Galanó.

  • And then the Starbucks White Chick started naming every shade of color

    Hamman SamuelHamman Samuel3 days ago
  • Ancient Indian texts does have reference to the colour blue. Many ancient texts in India describes lord Shiva as "Neelakantha" where "Neela" means blue and "Kantha" means throat. The one who has a blue throat. Many gods and goddesses in India are also depicted and described as Blue in colour (Representing their Blue aura) like Goddess Kali (She is also depicted a Black though), Goddess Tara, Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. All were blue. There are also many descriptions of Blue Lotus in ancient Indian texts.

    Subhmay PatraSubhmay Patra3 days ago
  • All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.

    James NewcomerJames Newcomer3 days ago
  • This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.

    Baba BoobearBaba Boobear3 days ago
  • Homer was blind...

    Γρηγόρης ΑλεξανδρήςΓρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής4 days ago
  • Because God loves the Infantry.

    ZeroCoolZeroCool4 days ago
  • When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦

    Kushi LyonKushi Lyon4 days ago
  • Noticing is voluntary

    Alex MamedyAlex Mamedy4 days ago
  • Orange is just a very light brown.

    The NiwoThe Niwo4 days ago
  • Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

    J OlsonJ Olson4 days ago
  • I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok

    Green RangerGreen Ranger4 days ago
  • 1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??

    Lydia LewthwaiteLydia Lewthwaite5 days ago
  • Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4

    Electrickiller 098Electrickiller 0985 days ago
  • what a load of shit

    Tobias BradleyTobias Bradley5 days ago
  • Could this be part of the reason women seem to see more colors than men? Because they have been “trained” with more color names and such?

    Abbie RyonAbbie Ryon5 days ago
  • Thiw is the stupidest thing I have heard. I am Greek and at school at 3 class of junior highschool we have subjct called Helene(Ελενη) from Euripidis(Ευριπιδης). At the book which is exact translation of the ancient text, at a scene a caractere named Menelaos(Μενελαος) sayw that he was travelling at the wide blue sea. So thiw video says bullshit and I hope nobody takes it seriously.

    • Φιλε σε μεταφραση το εχω και εγω αλλα λεει μπλε😂😂

    • Και για πες μου πως λεγόταν το μπλέ στα αρχαία ελληνικά; Ξερόλα! Stupidity is unstoppable.

      Wake No.Wake No.4 days ago
  • Was anyone else, by the end of this video, like, looking at the sky or the guys blue shirt and be like: well, yep, that totally looks just like a brighter shade of black though...

    theSupercasatheSupercasa5 days ago
  • For them it was probably just like the colour of air

    comic catcomic cat5 days ago
  • If only there were a language where learners could tell the nouns from the verbs, and the adverbs from the adjectives just as soon as they started learning it... oh wait there is!

    Alena AdlerAlena Adler5 days ago
  • I think that this is more than just interesting, and it is that. But moreover, this finding has serious implications for what has become of American English today, particularly among younger people , people who are addicted to texting and social media,who like to speak in initials and abbreviations. For many people, our language has become tremendously simplified. For example, the word “awesome“ almost has no meaning at all, when it used to mean something that was really awe-inspiring. The same simple words are used these days over and over. People have become lazy, perhaps - whatever it is, many people are not learning to use synonyms, they are not making the effort to use language to define nuances. So what you are saying is that this simplified use of language also makes people’s minds “simpler” e.g., dumber - Maybe less capable of understanding complex ideas. If so, I find that scary. We live in a very complicated world now, and we need for people to be able to perceive and understand complex ideas. And it starts with an understanding of our language.

    Sunshine JudySunshine Judy6 days ago
  • One correlation in the development of language could also be the way human's vision develops. When babies are born, they first see black and white, with red being next, followed by yellow, green blue.

    James ReeveJames Reeve6 days ago
  • I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors

    Zissis AlimoudisZissis Alimoudis6 days ago
  • Description: *This BLUE my mind*

    Ronnan PadrigaRonnan Padriga7 days ago
  • Basically they didn’t have the word blue?

    Elleila FaresElleila Fares7 days ago
  • Lol the ancient Egyptians developed what is called Egyptian blue from calcium copper silicate, a natural resource found in the Nile Valley. Some of the oldest examples are displayed in the temple reliefs of Pharoah Ka-Sen of the first dynasty in the Old kingdom more than 5000 years ago. Approximately 2500 years before Greek civilization began.

    MrShadow8921MrShadow89217 days ago
  • For the same reason as with pink, I definitely think we should have separate words for "blue" and "light blue", "green" and "light green", etc.

    Connect to the InternetConnect to the Internet7 days ago
    • Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.

      Wake No.Wake No.4 days ago
  • I just found out that in this vid, langfocus also briefly mentioned how people speaking defend languages perceives colors, interesting how the vid is basically a rant but has very good info in it uskeys.net/watch/XxWhXyeFYjc-video.html

    Khoa Tran DangKhoa Tran Dang7 days ago
  • Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....

    John SmithJohn Smith7 days ago
  • greek gang where u at

    tasoshuntertasoshunter8 days ago
  • Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .

    MrFattyfatfatboyMrFattyfatfatboy8 days ago
  • Because that’s the order in which we see them, the electromagnetic spectrum and all that

    Majo de la GuardiaMajo de la Guardia8 days ago
  • Comparing it to language was very helpful. My ex is Lao so I was constantly exposed to the language (I also was exposed to similar languages like Thai a lot). At first it was just gibberish to me. I still don't understand a word (okay, I know like 4 words), but I can tell when it's Lao being spoken as opposed to Thai bc of certain patterns I picked up on over time.

    Rebecca BrattRebecca Bratt8 days ago
  • I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?

    신동범신동범9 days ago
  • ......They still can see blue

    Bethel EleonuBethel Eleonu9 days ago
  • I am colorblind. This was weird.

    Aries McDanielAries McDaniel9 days ago
  • @AsapSCIENCE I could barely see the light green circle. It was only after you pointed it out to me that I saw it. Interesting.

    KargonethKargoneth9 days ago
  • This is called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of Ethnolinguistics. You got something wrong, and repeated it many times: people whose language don't have a word for a colour (for example "blue") can still tell the difference between blue and any other colour BUT... If you ask them "what is that colour?", they don't have a different word to tell it apart. And, if you give them three objects, lets say a blue scarf, a green ball and a black paper, they would know they have three different colours, but if you ask them later "what colour was the scarf?" they wouldn't remember, and would tell you either green or black...

    J. Miguel BarberiJ. Miguel Barberi9 days ago
  • you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2

    Panagiotis MarkopoulosPanagiotis Markopoulos9 days ago
  • They didn't have words for these colors.

    Alicen LynneAlicen Lynne9 days ago
  • The ancient Greeks had contacts with Egypt and at least there, blue is the most important colour, that's why I find that hard to believe. We are all humans, greeks included, and can see the same spectrum...

    Gisela TeubnerGisela Teubner9 days ago
    • Blue existed, Greeks and all other ancient cultures could see it. The title and premise of the video is shit. Low resolution explanations resemble complete lies. aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

      Yan ApostolidesYan Apostolides4 days ago
  • ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color

    Anusree AchuthanAnusree Achuthan10 days ago
  • Orange is also the same colour as red, just a lighter version. Both are from magenta and yellow light combined. So you'll equally find orange missing from early cultures. The early cultures probably saw blue as a sort of grey. Somewhere between white and black. And they would have had very few actual grey objects. The exact classification of colours probably coincides with the more exact mixing of colour for representational painting.

    Aaron WaldersladeAaron Walderslade10 days ago
  • In old comic books black was shaded blue to show shade differences. Superman's hair would be black and blue and Batman is shown as wearing a blue costume though it is black the the blue is supposed to show light shining on the black

    MarvelDcImageMarvelDcImage10 days ago
  • People who had NDE'S claim to have seen colors that don't exist yet. I imagine if we could adjust our eyes surgically we could see a lot more colors that have always been around us, but we didn't know it.

    Kenny RiderKenny Rider10 days ago
  • not that odd , the american indians had no word for black , they considered it a dark shade of blue ! so the black hills of south dakota , are actually the blue hills !

    Joe MummerthJoe Mummerth10 days ago
  • This video is nonsense. They had other words to describe the color that resembles blue.

    Stella AsterStella Aster11 days ago
  • While the Ancient Greeks didn't have a general colour called "Blue", they did have words which conveyed the colour. For example, the sky (ουρανός) and ocean (ωκεανός) describe the colour blue. The word "cyan" (κυανό) comes from the Greek word for ocean. There is also the word ουράνη which is the Greek word that describes the colour of the sky and is directly derived from it. So, it's not actually true that the Ancient Greeks didn't have a word for blue - they had many different words for the different hues of blue.

    John GabrielJohn Gabriel11 days ago
  • Numbers 15:38 uses the Hebrew word tchelet תכלת, which is the Ancient Hebrew word for the light blue color of the sky. The term occurs quite frequently in the Hebrew bible. There's some half-truths in this.

    Michael NanceMichael Nance11 days ago
  • But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*

  • There's a tribe of South American Indians living in the Amazon rainforest that make no cultural distinction between green (like the forest canopy) and blue (like the sky) and use the same word for both colors.

    Joel JosephJoel Joseph11 days ago
  • I wonder this about eastern European languages that have two different words for light and dark blue (eg Russian сений and голубой) and in German, for example where there's a distinction between what we would consider pinks; 'pink' and 'rosa'.

    Alex VictoriaAlex Victoria11 days ago
  • Animals can see color. It would be interesting to know what words they use for them.

    Lauter UnvollkommenheitLauter Unvollkommenheit11 days ago
  • The Heblue Bible? (lol)

    kitemanmusickitemanmusic11 days ago
  • The implications are endless...

    Der HerrDirektorDer HerrDirektor11 days ago
  • I was about to comment about Egyptian blue but nope! He covered that too😂

    Chris GavourasChris Gavouras12 days ago
  • Our language has trained our brains in a million crazy ways 😳

    Mayra HoyMayra Hoy12 days ago
  • I often argue with my mother about our carpet, my mother said it's green, I saw it black.

    วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 41วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 4112 days ago
  • In Thailand Many senior people, especially in the country side will call 'blue' as 'green'

    Woot_WatdanWoot_Watdan13 days ago
  • Why don't you just check Japanese and Turkish? Maybe Korean, too. I think you might find a difference. There's this word "Aoi" in Japanese which represents the sky color, so is the word "Gök" is used for color blue and the sky in old Turkic. I don't know Korean so I cannot tell for sure, but please do check the others. (P.S: I'm suggesting not because I know it for sure, but because I know some texts one of which is Orkun scripts for Turkish and you can find many Japanese text of the early scriptures they've written after they got the alphabet from China. And maybe Chinese as well. They keep almost everything written.

    Huseyin SozenHuseyin Sozen13 days ago
  • Did no one have blue eyes back then?

    Enforcement Droid Series 209Enforcement Droid Series 20914 days ago
  • Its 2021 stop being a colourist Every colour exists 😤

    vDaBestvDaBest14 days ago
  • They never had a word for Orange they was never a word for Orange until Victorian times. The more you know.😊

    ShaneShane14 days ago
  • uskeys.net/watch/wh4aWZRtTwU-video.html

    Vittorio ZamparellaVittorio Zamparella14 days ago
  • This is weird i heard an spanish channel copy this idk

    Nani AndreaNani Andrea14 days ago
  • Now I'm overthinking colors

    Sharlene SilanSharlene Silan15 days ago
  • Blue is my fav color 😁

    Sharlene SilanSharlene Silan15 days ago
  • This is really dumb. Maybe the Greeks just didn't have a word for blue. Doesn't mean they couldn't see it. English doesn't have a word for schaudenfreude, but we all recognize the emotion.

    jbrisbyjbrisby15 days ago
  • Ancient Hindu epics do mention about blue colour.

    Giriraj GovindarajGiriraj Govindaraj15 days ago
  • What about Tekheleth in the Hebrew Bible?

    Joseph יצחק זאב Kolakowski אבד קאבלענץJoseph יצחק זאב Kolakowski אבד קאבלענץ15 days ago
  • What?

    Bobby CaseyBobby Casey15 days ago
  • If you haven't got the word you can't name it. Language comes before fact.

    Peter TholenPeter Tholen15 days ago
  • Or is the Pink a form of white?

    Jim PorterJim Porter16 days ago