The next time you’re taking a shower, pause for a moment to consider what a marvelous invention it is.
Have you ever wondered who invented it?
For some reason I had always imagined that it had occurred somewhere in the 19th Century along with the telephone and electricity.
But in actual fact, rudimentary showers where the water was carried in and poured from above, were first in use in ancient India, Egypt and Mesopotamia.
It was then the ancient Greeks who invented the first ‘real’ showers with plumbed in water around the 4th century BC.
Their aqueducts and sewage systems allowed water to be pumped through large communal shower rooms that were used by the entire public – regardless of class.
With a strong bathing culture the ancient Romans soon followed suit, but when the Greek and Roman empires collapsed so too did their advanced water and sewage systems.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that a reliable system was to reappear and the first modern showers were invented.