The ancient Greeks were missing quite a few colors back in the day!
Those who see trees of green and red roses too enjoy the beauty the world provides in its near infinite array of colors and sights.
Even the sky is so…what would I call it…sky-ish? That's exactly (though probably not) a conversation that would have taken place between a couple of ancient Greek people. They didn't have a word for the color blue!
In a tale almost as old as time, at least recorded time, Homer's “The Odyssey” has been a work of study into the lives of our ancient ancestors.
The stories, descriptions and details unlock interesting mysteries—and create new ones. For example: the phrase Homer uses to describe the ocean is “the wine-dark sea” instead of blue.
In fact, Homer's color palette was restricted to only five colors: metallics, black, white, yellow-green and red.
Even philosophers of the time restricted the colors to only four categories: white/light, dark/black, red and yellow. They described a rainbow as only having three bands.
Man, the world must have been pretty dreary back then!