[LMB] Dark Ages [not], was, What makes ...

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Fri Aug 23 19:20:18 BST 2019


On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 10:13 AM WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com>
wrote:

> The Romans were great admirers of Hellenistic culture. They realized they
> were
> deficient there.
>

But they did not expand upon it themselves, and they destroyed the source!
They didn't value the culture, they valued the ornaments the culture
produced - whether physical or more conceptual.  It's questionable whether
the modern Greeks are even the same ethnic group as the ancient ones,
that's how badly Greek society was damaged after the Roman takeover.
(Admittedly Alexander scattering people all over the known world didn't
actually help much, either.)

The Romans were 'practical' in the sense of not caring about abstraction to
any degree.  They adapted Greek mathematics to architecture, but didn't
continue it and discovered nothing new themselves.

Matt G.


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