2,500-Year-Old Greek Temples Had Ramps For People With Disabilities
As modern society is becoming more aware of the importance of accessibility, we’ve begun to see more accessibility measures implemented in our everyday lives. For example, ramps for people with physical disabilities so they can more easily use public spaces like riding mass transit, perusing multi-level library buildings, and more.
A new study just revealed that similar mindful designs were already implemented long ago by ancient cultures like the Greeks. The study, published in the journal Antiquity, compels us to reflect on the treatment of people with disabilities throughout the history of humanity.
According to CNN, researchers from California State University discovered evidence of accessibility designs incorporated into several old Greek structures from as far back as 2,500 years ago.
Some buildings, according to the archaeologists, were built even earlier than 4th century BC and were likely built with accessibility in mind. The discovery of these inclusive designs in Greek architecture is some of the earliest known evidence of ancient societies adapting their facilities for people with disabilities.
But accessibility ramps in Greek architecture are not exactly new findings.