2011-09-07 -- Science in the Classical Middle East

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Unformatted text preview: Science in the Classical Middle East September 7, 2011 History 108 Prof. November Classical World, circa 500 AD Sagan on the Library and Hypatia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_OrdrtZp http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=LuzcO4mWoco Library of Alexandria Exemplary tale of loss Library contained 500,000+ scrolls Very few survived Burned several times By decree in 391 AD by Emperor Theodosius I and Patriarch Theophilus "It's inherently difficult to get reliable information about an event that consisted of the destruction of all recorded information (Neal Stephenson, Wired, 1996) Hypatia (370 - 415 AD) Mathematician and astronomer in Alexandria Victim of a battle between two Christian factions: Orestes and St. Cyril Symbolic of Churchs role in destruction of classical knowledge Consequences of the Fall Enormous amounts of knowledge lost Loss of trade networks Barbarians had no use for many aspects of classical knowledge and crafts Much destroyed out of ignorance Perception of classical sources as pagan Christianity displaces Greek religion in as Rome fades Who Saved Civilization?Who Saved Civilization?...
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