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The water clock of the Ancient Egyptian

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The water clock of Ancient Egyptian was an  dual-use instrument. It has been used to indicate the time and also keep track of how long a person speaks at a courtroom in speeches.

Origins of Egyptian water clock

The water clock was invented by Ctesibius who was actually of Greek origin, but lived in Alexandria, Egypt. He was an inventor by persuasion and was involved in not only invented the water clock, but also went towards improving it.

Improve the mechanism of the Egyptian water clock

This improvement was achieved with the addition of a float that was used in conjunction with a rack gear to turn a clock on the water. This mechanism was extremely efficient and was invented in the third century, while its creator lived in ancient Egypt. The beauty of this water clock is that it can make sounds that resemble a bird that whistles, a bell rang, a puppet moving and various other gadgets.

Mechanism of the Egyptian water clock

This unique instrument operates in a manner very interesting because it actually measures the time through the water that flows from a small orifice. The bowl receiving water has marks to denote hours on each side. They were different types of water clocks in ancient Egypt and this time mainly assessed on the basis of the amount of water in the bowl. Whenever the water level has been changed, turn the wheel to indicate a time of day had passed. This water clock was used during the third century and is not in operation today.

The popularity of the Egyptian water clock

It was an important piece of time has been initiated and invented in Egypt and became popular in Greece and Rome. The clock of the ancient Egyptian water was used by a barber barber because it was the father of the inventor.

Clocks different in Ancient Egypt

Outside the ancient Egyptian water clock there was a clock shadow People used during that period. This piece would transform ancient times every half hour to tell the passage of time. The Egyptian sundial dates back to 1500 BC and provides the first evidence of segregation of the day in different parts of equal length. However, it was not as convenient as the water clock, especially during long sessions of the courtroom. 

 The donor of the sundial was highly revered in ancient Egypt and their names were engraved on the sundial which was placed in public places where the sun could hit the timepiece. The sundial, which was also known as the shadow of the clock was placed on a main pitch and lost a lot of space.

Benefits of water clock

The clock of water allowed the ancient Egyptians to save on the physical mechanism of telling time. The beauty of the water clock is that it was economic in terms of human effort and the space it uses. Furthermore, it was used in three nations who have worked in line with each other and allowing its universal acceptance in the third century.


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