893 - The inventions of the ancient Greeks

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Athina Kehagias

The inventions of the ancient Greeks are accumulated in three points, which are constituted by the notions of science, of democracy and of Olympism. Each of them deals with the spirit, humans in their entirety and the body. And the innovations do not belong exclusively to a single sector, as it would be expected according to common sense. Because movements live within any context.

The mental schems of the spirit create the foundations of thought and their expansions its limits. Democratic principles as the basis of human relations contribute the freedom of opinion. Likewise the movements of the body widen up the horizons of the datum, in terms of its polycomplexity.

All these movements function within the memory space and are based upon the timelessness of the ancient Greek values. Their combination allows for the competition outside the polemological context and focuses upon the idea and the ideal of peace.
Additionaly, each sector is associated with the polycomplexity of the action. In the field of the spirit, polycomplexity appears as granted, and the same is applicable in the case of democracy when it concerns mass systems. However in the case of Olympism it is not so obvious. Whereas in actual fact, the rules which define a certain sport, offer simultaneously a action field to freedom and innovation. One of the most beautiful examples is the high jump with the invention of Dick Fosbury.

The common element of the inventions of the ancient Greeks is not merely the truth, ie, non oblivion, but also its beauty. It is not merely the beauty of one who remembers but the also the beauty of the one who does not forget. It is the beauty of the resistance which characterizes us. It is this inheritance left to us by our ancestors. It is this inheritance we ought to leave to our descendants as well.