Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn't See Blue
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  • repulse21

    “The damn pen is blue....!”

  • Halloweenville

    In other words only the name blue changes, they did see blue, but they didn't use the word blue, this video could have been 20 seconds long.

  • Jonathan Sansome
    Jonathan Sansome

    Purple is in the Bible. Purple was only worn by the very most wealthy at that time because of the outrageous number of snails needed to make that dye needed for that colour of garment.

  • Bryant Bravo
    Bryant Bravo

    I'm spanish, pink is called Color de Rosa (Rose Color aka Red)

  • Kent Guiller
    Kent Guiller

    At least it's not yellow

  • No other Like my own skin
    No other Like my own skin

    Can you review theses Smart Phones? Smart Phone LG Stylo 6 (2020) & Smart Phone Samsung Galaxy S8+ (2017) What are other phone that you recommend? "Like these popular phones for the world to see".

  • Bryan Jackson
    Bryan Jackson

    It's a cultural thing: some cultures only have two colors, light and dark. English has more words for different colors than any other known language. But that doesn't mean that English speakers can see more colors than speakers of other languages. It is semantic or linguistic, that's all.

  • jim ewok
    jim ewok

    solved algone.info/slow/video/pWiXyaRthqSfjo0

  • kittynugget

    That was actually mind blowing, I thought they just didn't see it because of genes, because I KEPT FORGETTING TO GOOGLE IT!!

  • C*60s

    I love how so many commenters just shut this whole video down.

  • Antonio Locci
    Antonio Locci

    in English there is only blue, in Italian there is blue, azzurro and celeste.

  • Pedro Henrique
    Pedro Henrique

    More Sapir-whorf videos please hahahahha

  • Giannhss

    sorry what?

  • Olesya Kryvoruchko
    Olesya Kryvoruchko

    Red. In old Slavic cultures, color red was associated with beauty. Which made it to modern language Krasny(red)-Krasiviy(beautiful), but in old times Karasniy/aya was the word for beauty. Like the sun. One of the theories is that it was associated with the sun, other theories draw connection to red dye (which was rare to find and expensive), red boots were every girl's dream.

  • mohammad abdul rahim
    mohammad abdul rahim

    In the end boys, the sky is blue

  • Mark Boudreaux
    Mark Boudreaux

    Sorry, the Bible mentions God's throne as being a sapphire hue. Most sapphires are blue and the two names for the color are considered kin. Pink isn't a shade. It's a tint, since white is mixed into the color red to produce it. Shades are produced by mixing the color black into a basic color, either by physical manipulation or changes in light.

  • Robert Cuminale
    Robert Cuminale

    The Hebrew Bible has numerous references to the color blue. There were numerous parts in the temple that used blue, curtains, doors, decorations like pomegranates, the ephod, loops on the curtains,etc. Start with Exodus 25:4 to Ezekiel 27:7 and you see the examples. The tallis of our corners that men were to wear was to have a thread of blue in it. I use a concordance, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance is the best to me.

  • Gibson Moore
    Gibson Moore

    yeah it is called the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.

  • איתן כהן
    איתן כהן

    The Bible has the color blue, תכלת. It is mentioned several times.

  • Why tho
    Why tho

    All the dislikes are from crip members

  • Elina Lioris
    Elina Lioris

    Άρα το κυανό και το γαλανό δεν σου λένε τίποτα εσένα?

  • I M A S H O E
    I M A S H O E

    Blue is the gen z of colors

  • I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool
    I Love Ronald McDonald He Is Cool

    You can get dark pink and pale red, their easily recognisable.

  • tiago game altink
    tiago game altink

    China yus purple

  • tiago game altink
    tiago game altink

    Greek yus blu

  • tiago game altink
    tiago game altink

    Egypten jus blu

  • The Journey
    The Journey

    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

  • August Booth
    August Booth

    It seems more like they described black as a very dark shade of blue, no?

  • Samsuffi 200
    Samsuffi 200

    I'm blue

  • Brooque613

    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.

  • Constantinos Nicolakis
    Constantinos Nicolakis

    Ffffffff u fake

  • Kawa Gucci
    Kawa Gucci

    Ancient People : No blu People in 2021 :*queues Eiffel 65 Im blue* and dance


    Blue is mentioned in INDIAN EPICS cuz in Mahabharata and Ramayana Rama and Krishna are blue color

  • thomas aquinas
    thomas aquinas

    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...

  • Piroclanidis

    Red Black White are All i see In my infancy

  • Hell of edits 2.0
    Hell of edits 2.0

    Τι μαλακιες λεει αυτος

  • Serena

    Blue is the new black.

  • Red

    Μπλε, να το είπα xddd

  • Pierre Abbat
    Pierre Abbat

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

  • KDD0063

    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...

  • Ingo Schweitzer
    Ingo Schweitzer

    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?

  • Serena Birkhead
    Serena Birkhead

    3,45,9 this is pi followed by

  • Dinamike .21
    Dinamike .21

    20 19 18 17 16 15 here we start seeing blue??? WHATA FK

  • Vivi Marie Fedorov
    Vivi Marie Fedorov

    Such an underrated color 🔵💠💙📘🇬🇷

  • HARRY Carry
    HARRY Carry

    Wot no orange??

  • music by tolis
    music by tolis

    I assure you, kids ask “why is the sky blue” in Greece 😌😌

  • Purple Wolfie 69
    Purple Wolfie 69

    Me a Greek person:...

  • Dad Time
    Dad Time

    I didn't realize I was color blind until now. Literally.

  • jon a
    jon a

    therefore mozart wasn’t a genius

  • dallen3000

    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.


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

  • Hamman Samuel
    Hamman Samuel

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

  • Subhmay Patra
    Subhmay Patra

    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

    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

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

  • Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής
    Γρηγόρης Αλεξανδρής

    Homer was blind...

  • ZeroCool

    Because God loves the Infantry.

  • Kushi Lyon
    Kushi Lyon

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

  • Alex Mamedy
    Alex Mamedy

    Noticing is voluntary

  • The Niwo
    The Niwo

    Orange is just a very light brown.

  • J Olson
    J Olson

    Really good talk, I thought. Fascinating.

  • Green Ranger
    Green Ranger

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

  • Lydia Lewthwaite
    Lydia Lewthwaite

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

  • Electrickiller 098
    Electrickiller 098

    Maybe the sky was like jojo part 4

  • Tobias Bradley
    Tobias Bradley

    what a load of shit

  • Abbie Ryon
    Abbie Ryon

    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?


    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😂😂

    • Wake No.
      Wake No.

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

  • theSupercasa

    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

    For them it was probably just like the colour of air

  • Alena Adler
    Alena Adler

    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

    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

    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

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

  • RonnanPlayz8175

    Description: *This BLUE my mind*

  • Elleila Fares
    Elleila Fares

    Basically they didn’t have the word blue?

  • MrShadow8921

    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

    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.

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

  • Khoa Tran Dang
    Khoa Tran Dang

    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 algone.info/slow/video/kbC6zY6unneLy5c

  • John Smith
    John Smith

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

  • tasoshunter

    greek gang where u at

  • MrFattyfatfatboy

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

  • Majo de la Guardia
    Majo de la Guardia

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

  • Rebecca Bratt
    Rebecca Bratt

    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

    I mean, scp-ex sky blue sky right?

  • Bethel Eleonu
    Bethel Eleonu

    ......They still can see blue

  • Aries McDaniel
    Aries McDaniel

    I am colorblind. This was weird.

  • Kargoneth

    @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

    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

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

  • Alicen Lynne
    Alicen Lynne

    They didn't have words for these colors.

  • Gisela Teubner
    Gisela Teubner

    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

      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

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

  • Aaron Walderslade
    Aaron Walderslade

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • John Gabriel
    John Gabriel

    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

    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.


    But Quran have mentioned many colors Also *blue*