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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Probably the sun-dial was a Babylonian invention. Daniel at Babylon ( Daniel 3:6 ) is the first to make mention of the "hour."
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Dial'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/d/dial.html. 1897.