Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue

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This BLUE my mind, I just had to share.
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  • dallen3000


    2 мүнөт мурун

    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.



    Саат мурун

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

  • Hamman Samuel

    Hamman Samuel

    3 саат мурун

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

  • Subhmay Patra

    Subhmay Patra

    4 саат мурун

    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.

  • James Newcomer

    James Newcomer

    7 саат мурун

    All I can say is that I think 164K people got trolled. Oh...and the of course the ancient Greeks could see blue.

  • Baba Boobear

    Baba Boobear

    14 саат мурун

    This isn't true. However, there is are colors that nobody can see.

  • Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής

    Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής

    20 саат мурун

    Homer was blind...

  • ZeroCool


    Күн мурун

    Because God loves the Infantry.

  • Kushi Lyon

    Kushi Lyon

    Күн мурун

    When he said "Himba from Namibia" I felt represented 🇳🇦🇳🇦🇳🇦

  • Alex Mamedy

    Alex Mamedy

    Күн мурун

    Noticing is voluntary

  • The Niwo

    The Niwo

    Күн мурун

    Orange is just a very light brown.

  • J Olson

    J Olson

    Күн мурун

    Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

  • Green Ranger

    Green Ranger

    Күн мурун

    I don't know about ancient Greeks but now we are ok

  • Lydia Lewthwaite

    Lydia Lewthwaite

    Күн мурун

    1:53 is this where ‘rainbow order’ came from??

  • Electrickiller 098

    Electrickiller 098

    Күн мурун

    Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4

  • Tobias Bradley

    Tobias Bradley

    2 күн мурун

    what a load of shit

  • Abbie Ryon

    Abbie Ryon

    2 күн мурун

    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?



    2 күн мурун

    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.



      23 саат мурун

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

    • Wake No.

      Wake No.

      Күн мурун

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

  • theSupercasa


    2 күн мурун

    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...

  • comic cat

    comic cat

    2 күн мурун

    For them it was probably just like the colour of air

  • Alena Adler

    Alena Adler

    2 күн мурун

    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!

  • Sunshine Judy

    Sunshine Judy

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  • James Reeve

    James Reeve

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  • Zissis Alimoudis

    Zissis Alimoudis

    3 күн мурун

    I like how he is talking about a blind man about colors

  • Ronnan Padriga

    Ronnan Padriga

    3 күн мурун

    Description: *This BLUE my mind*

  • Elleila Fares

    Elleila Fares

    4 күн мурун

    Basically they didn’t have the word blue?

  • MrShadow8921


    4 күн мурун

    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.

  • Connect to the Internet

    Connect to the Internet

    4 күн мурун

    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.

    • Wake No.

      Wake No.

      Күн мурун

      Fun fact in Greek, we have a separate word for light blue today.

  • Khoa Tran Dang

    Khoa Tran Dang

    4 күн мурун

    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

  • John Smith

    John Smith

    4 күн мурун

    Because Greeks all had brown on the mind. being you know....

  • tasoshunter


    4 күн мурун

    greek gang where u at

  • MrFattyfatfatboy


    4 күн мурун

    Am twice the age of this kid and he is amazing .

  • Majo de la Guardia

    Majo de la Guardia

    5 күн мурун

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

  • Rebecca Bratt

    Rebecca Bratt

    5 күн мурун

    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.

  • 신동범


    5 күн мурун

    I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?

  • Bethel Eleonu

    Bethel Eleonu

    5 күн мурун

    ......They still can see blue

  • Aries McDaniel

    Aries McDaniel

    6 күн мурун

    I am colorblind. This was weird.

  • Kargoneth


    6 күн мурун

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

  • J. Miguel Barberi

    J. Miguel Barberi

    6 күн мурун

    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...

  • Panagiotis Markopoulos

    Panagiotis Markopoulos

    6 күн мурун

    you did not answer the prime question , perhaps you should do a part 2

  • Alicen Lynne

    Alicen Lynne

    6 күн мурун

    They didn't have words for these colors.

  • Gisela Teubner

    Gisela Teubner

    6 күн мурун

    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...

    • Yan Apostolides

      Yan Apostolides

      Күн мурун

      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

  • Anusree Achuthan

    Anusree Achuthan

    7 күн мурун

    ancient indian used to cultivate indigo crop which gives them blue,, so it isn't an absence of that color

  • Aaron Walderslade

    Aaron Walderslade

    7 күн мурун

    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.

  • MarvelDcImage


    7 күн мурун

    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

  • Kenny Rider

    Kenny Rider

    7 күн мурун

    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.

  • Joe Mummerth

    Joe Mummerth

    7 күн мурун

    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 !

  • Stella Aster

    Stella Aster

    7 күн мурун

    This video is nonsense. They had other words to describe the color that resembles blue.

  • John Gabriel

    John Gabriel

    8 күн мурун

    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.

  • Michael Nance

    Michael Nance

    8 күн мурун

    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.



    8 күн мурун

    But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*

  • Joel Joseph

    Joel Joseph

    8 күн мурун

    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.

  • Alex Victoria

    Alex Victoria

    8 күн мурун

    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'.

  • Lauter Unvollkommenheit

    Lauter Unvollkommenheit

    8 күн мурун

    Animals can see color. It would be interesting to know what words they use for them.

  • kitemanmusic


    8 күн мурун

    The Heblue Bible? (lol)

  • Der HerrDirektor

    Der HerrDirektor

    8 күн мурун

    The implications are endless...

  • Chris Gavouras

    Chris Gavouras

    8 күн мурун

    I was about to comment about Egyptian blue but nope! He covered that too😂

  • Mayra Hoy

    Mayra Hoy

    9 күн мурун

    Our language has trained our brains in a million crazy ways 😳

  • วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 41

    วงศพัทธ์ วิชา 41

    9 күн мурун

    I often argue with my mother about our carpet, my mother said it's green, I saw it black.

  • Woot_Watdan


    10 күн мурун

    In Thailand
    Many senior people, especially in the country side will call 'blue' as 'green'

  • Huseyin Sozen

    Huseyin Sozen

    10 күн мурун

    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.

  • Enforcement Droid Series 209

    Enforcement Droid Series 209

    10 күн мурун

    Did no one have blue eyes back then?

  • vDaBest


    10 күн мурун

    Its 2021 stop being a colourist
    Every colour exists 😤

  • Shane


    11 күн мурун

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

  • Vittorio Zamparella

    Vittorio Zamparella

    11 күн мурун


  • Andrea Perez

    Andrea Perez

    11 күн мурун

    This is weird i heard an spanish channel copy this idk

  • Sharlene Silan

    Sharlene Silan

    12 күн мурун

    Now I'm overthinking colors

  • Sharlene Silan

    Sharlene Silan

    12 күн мурун

    Blue is my fav color 😁

  • jbrisby


    12 күн мурун

    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.

  • Giriraj Govindaraj

    Giriraj Govindaraj

    12 күн мурун

    Ancient Hindu epics do mention about blue colour.

  • Joseph יצחק זאב Kolakowski אבד קאבלענץ

    Joseph יצחק זאב Kolakowski אבד קאבלענץ

    12 күн мурун

    What about Tekheleth in the Hebrew Bible?

  • Bobby Casey

    Bobby Casey

    12 күн мурун


  • Peter Tholen

    Peter Tholen

    12 күн мурун

    If you haven't got the word you can't name it. Language comes before fact.

  • Jim Porter

    Jim Porter

    12 күн мурун

    Or is the Pink a form of white?

  • Swirl AndTwirl

    Swirl AndTwirl

    13 күн мурун

    Name it 😁

  • Panos Ts

    Panos Ts

    13 күн мурун

    OMG!!!!!!! Are you for real? Ok Homer uses the words γλαυκός (light blue,the color of the Sky or the sea and also Goddess Athena) and κυανός (dark blue,deep water etc).Both words are still in use in the modern Greek,but not so often as the word blue (in modern Greek μπλε).When we know that they used blue colors for buildings,sculptures etc and they were surrounded by the sea,you think it's possible to not have a word for that color?You are doing great videos but this time you ....well lets say you didn't do your best.

  • Truth Messenger

    Truth Messenger

    13 күн мурун

    Everybody please check out the Channel Gematria Effect News it will change how you look at things.....

  • Kavee .C

    Kavee .C

    13 күн мурун

    I was watching this video at night; and at around 2:30 I heard music and it really freaked me out. Then I paused the video and the music stopped.



    14 күн мурун

    In painting we didnt see actual blue pigments as a part of palettes until the the gothic palette when azurite became common in the 1600s. If you think or Rembrandt, Carrvagio, or any of the old masters you can surely remember blue in their works somewhere, but in actuality the blue you remember is by definition a shade of grey. it is black and white mixed together to create a blue effect in contrast with the colors around it. The renaissance palette. Makes since that people of that time would refer to the blue sky as black.

  • Roberto Fajardo

    Roberto Fajardo

    14 күн мурун

    This guy has way, way too much time on his hands. Six minutes of my life that I'll never get back. Now I am left feeling...blue.

  • Matt Igafusti

    Matt Igafusti

    14 күн мурун

    Which is not so precise: the "glaukòps" for Athenas' eyes, means literarly "cerulean", that is "light bluish"... Second: the proper-called blue hues (namely "kyanos": our cyan: which nowaday's a light blue, that is "cerulean", apropos of meaning shiftings according to times and cultures...), as for in the tonality of navy, was not so well distinguishable from black: for example, other indoeuropean cultures such as the hindus named black and blue with the same term (neelam). Though, they surely knew the proper hue value for real blue, being their blue pigment gotten from the afghani lapis... For instance, the very problem was alive among other cultures as well: for example, you state that egyptians knew of blue, but indeed they didn't named the sea with a blue term, but GREEN. Same substitution did japaneses and chineses. So, no wonder if Homer calls the sea "deep wine red"... Last, greeks surely knew the dark blue color, as much as they had long terms contacts with Egypt as had also cretans from old age. Simply, they didn't extensively USED blue, mostly 'cause it was considered an ill-fated color (giving cold sensations at sight). Same did the romans, who considered blue-eyed people "barbarians" and bringer of ill-fate. It was the christian culture who substituted the red/purple with the blue in importance (specially in the holy depictions), 'cause it is a color which didn't excited people and surely less expensive than reddish pigments.

  • He who overcomes

    He who overcomes

    15 күн мурун

    What Nonsense! 😉

  • Sarah Masia

    Sarah Masia

    15 күн мурун

    Blue is a primary color though

  • Ossian Drakenhed

    Ossian Drakenhed

    15 күн мурун

    In finish is pink a hue with red!

  • FezEmerald


    15 күн мурун

    orange in most european languages, not even having its own name:



    15 күн мурун

    Language trains our brains to see colors differently. So that's why racism is such a formidable foe

  • Abel Ferquiza

    Abel Ferquiza

    15 күн мурун

    I asked people from Paraguay who knows the old guaraní language, they do have a word for blue "ovy"but not for green using "verde "from spanish. I think you should keeping on research for an explanation because is not clear to me why this

  • le lu

    le lu

    15 күн мурун

    The hungry yugoslavian commercially force because currency noticeably plan near a yellow iraq. stimulating, annoyed pet

  • rhysmuir


    16 күн мурун

    Japanese is different. Although they have a word for green, it's more recent and less used than their word for blue. So in japanese they aren't "green apples" or "green traffic lights" they are "blue apples" and "blue traffic lights".

  • Run LolaRun!

    Run LolaRun!

    16 күн мурун

    Yes, the BLACKS in Egypt knew blue. Egyptian is not a race it’s a nationality, they are blacks on the pyramids. Don’t be afraid to admit what’s true.

  • PhantomBlue


    16 күн мурун

    This was a very interesting video. I'm now wondering if recognizing normally unnoticeable shades of colors would be good for brain health much like learning a new language is.

  • timg2727


    16 күн мурун

    "Black and white are all I see in my infancy. Red and yellow then came to be." - Maynard James Keenan

  • Keith D. Meyers

    Keith D. Meyers

    16 күн мурун

    My sister has a degree in Gemology, and this completely explains how she was trained to be able to name colors differently while she was in school.

  • Andreaz-64


    16 күн мурун

    What an incredibly interesting video. I am so glad this got recommended.

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    16 күн мурун

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  • Bianca Felice

    Bianca Felice

    17 күн мурун

    More history videos pleassssssssseeee

  • Rafa Gómez

    Rafa Gómez

    17 күн мурун

    I've got the conspiracy theory that we don't use color names (I can give you a dozen words for distinct tones of red in castillian that we simply don't use, and also for us venezuelans dark blue and light one is just "azul" while for argentinians they are "azul" and "celeste" (Perhaps because their flag is that particular shade)) because "they" (Whatever leads our society) want or need us to loose contact with reality, to be poor in words that breeds poorness of thought

  • Jason Spades

    Jason Spades

    18 күн мурун

    Damn, this is interesting

  • Pomegranate


    18 күн мурун

    I cannot picture wine dark as anything but wine red.