|A manuscript depicting
beaker water clock, dated
The water clock was invented in Ancient Egypt. The water clock
was used to tell time and to measure speeches in the courtroom.
The inventor of the water clock was Ctesibius. He was a Greek
inventor that lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Ctesibius just did
not invent, it he also improved it by adding a float with a
rack that turned a toothed wheel. He made the water clock make
sounds like a whistling bird, bells, puppets, and other
gadgets. Ctesibius lived and invented the water clock in the
The water clock works in an interesting way. It is a
instrument for measuring time by the flow of water through a
small orifice. Hours were marked on the sides of either sides
of the bowl that received the water. Some of the water clocks
were different. They measured time according to the amount of
water. As the water level changed, the wheel turned and
indicated the hour of a day.
water clock was very important. It was used in the third
century. We do not use them today. The countries that used
them were Rome, Greece, and Egypt. But it was first used in
Egypt because it was invented there. The first person to ever
use it was a barber .He got to use it first because he was the
father of the person who invented it.
The water clock was not the only way the Ancient Egyptians
told time. There were other ways they told time. One we still
use today is the Ancient Shadow Clock. Another way they told
time was by using a device that had to be turned over every
half hour. Those are some other ways they told time. There
were reasons why they invented the water clock besides to tell
time. They needed a easier way of keeping track of how long
the people in the court room spoke. They did not want to turn
some thing over and over again. So it was much easier to work
a water clock than the other.
The water clock was a way to tell time. It was one of the best
ways to tell time. It was much better then turning something
over and over again. It was much better than wasting land
using shadow clocks, and it was used in three different
countries. It was a great way to tell time.