Egyptians invented watches back in 1500 BCE.
As long as people have roamed this planet there have been those trying to capture time into a measurable device. Nowadays we have watches and cell phones and computers but technology wasn’t always on our side. Perhaps this makes what the Egyptians did back in 1500 BCE all the more impressive. Back then Egyptians created a device that used the casting of a shadow to measure time. The shadow would cast itself over a crossbar and then fall into a segment of a wound up gear. This device would slowly turn, thus allowing the owner to have an approximate idea as to the time of day. If these sorts of devices interest you in any meaningful way then you can dive into the study of horology. The study of horology is focused on devices that were created with the sole purpose of measuring time.
Greek mythology personified Time as a God, Chronos.
If you are a mythology nerd then you probably know this fact already but we’ll go ahead for the kids in back of the class. Greek mythology has a whole range of God figures in their lore and they range from personifications of love and lust all the way to anger and war, with everything in between getting represented. Chronos is the Greek’s God like personification of time. In Greek mythology Chronos is depicted as an old, bent man with a huge gray beard. Chronos means ‘time’ and you can trace the word all throughout pop culture as well. Do not confuse Chronos with Kronos, however, as they are two very different figures in the lore of mythology. Kronos is the father of Zeus and he is a much less chill person than old Chronos.