What we take for granted today, has a history of more than 700 years: when eyesight diminished and eyes grew weaker, it was commonplace in antiquity for people to simply come to terms with it, a situation that was certainly not appealing.
The result of this success was that a short time later even the first regulations were laid down to ensure quality assurance for the manufacturing process.
For this purpose, they used the rock crystal Beryll, before the Oxford Franciscan monk Roger Bacon provided the academic proof that the special cut of the glasses could enlarge small and difficult to recognize letters in 1267.
The birthplace of eyeglasses is therefore logically in Italy, to be more exact in the world famous Venetian Glassworks of Murano, but for logistical and less scientific reasons.
The Greek mathematician and physicist Archimedes (287-212 BC) provided food for thought with the invention of the concave mirror, which, according to legend, is said to have set a large part of the Roman fleet on fire during the three-year siege of Syracuse.
Gaius Pliny (23-79 AD) in one of his countless studies, recorded the magnifying effect of a water-filled glass ball, but he didn’t pursue this knowledge, apply it in practice or make corresponding use of it.