Fun Fact Friday! Fact 12

Posted by Daubin Barshtak on June 01, 2012.

 

The Ancient Egyptians are those who divided the day into two 12-hour periods. The Egyptians used large obelisks to track the movement of the Sun. The major disadvantage was that you were only able to use these obelisks during the day. In turn, they developed and manufactured “water clocks”, which were not only used to tell the time of the day, but also to keep track of how long a person would speak in a courtroom. These clocks also held the ability to be utilized at night, thus giving the Egyptians a 24-hour capable time-telling system. The Ancient Greeks, who called them clepsydrae, employed these water clocks frequently. The only disadvantage of the water clock was that you had to keep refilling it.

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