The age of darkness

‘A room without books is like a body without a soul’ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Can you imagine the wealth of knowledge the Alexandria library once stored? All destroyed circa 415 AD. Works by Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides, the entire works of philosophers and scientists no long available because of the disparaging attitudes towards paganism and non-religious activities.  The shame of it.

There have been findings on extraordinary inventions that were made during the ancient world, great achievements such as the steam engine and discovering the circumference of the world, long before the people we now attribute them with. It was the dark ages, and there were a few of them. The first one was circa 1200 BC, when Ancient Greece fell into bad times and the knowledge of art, writing and technology was lost. Then there was the fall of Rome 5th century AD, followed by the period of the Middle Ages, up until 1000 AD. What was discovered forever gone or was it deliberately pushed aside to thrust civilisation into one of religious servitude and ignorance?

It does beg the question, doesn’t it?


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  1. Rustic Recluse

    I am a fan of Alexandria as I might’ve mentioned some time ago and I adore reading about the Science that existed in that period (more like I’m reading the history of the place and its knowledge) and I like the titles of your posts!


    • cav12

      Thank you. If you haven’t seen the movie Agora, go rent it out. It gives you a little insight into Alexandria around 340AD and the upheaval of the time. The bonus is it is based on a true story.


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