The History of Eyeglasses

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The origin of eyeglasses is shrouded in the mysteries of time. So many stories have been told about the origin of eyeglasses that it is impossible to separate the myths and the legends from the facts.

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How And When Were Eyeglasses Invented?

Seneca, a Roman tragedian, is said to have used water filled glass globes to read books. This was as early as in 300 BC. Nero, the Roman Emperor uses to view his gladiators fight through an emerald.

It can be safely said that the modern eyeglasses were invented in Italy around 1280-1300. Who actually invented them is still a mystery. Some theories are:

* Salvino D'Armate is said to have invented them in 1284.

* Roger Bacon may have invented them in 1262. This theory is backed by written proof.

* A manuscript dated 1289 speaks of eyeglasses which helped the writer see better


* A sermon by a monk names Fra Giordano da Rivalto delivered a sermon in which he said that eyeglasses were invented in around 1285 and that he himself had met the inventor.

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