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User avatar #13 - wildmythos
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(03/12/2013) [-]
Pretty cool
Here's a small history lesson: (This is mainly from memory of books I read whilst re-searching, If i missed any details or got any wrong, corrections are appreciated.)
fun fact: Christmas was a Catholic attempt to cover up the worship of Sol Invictus' birthday (the unconquerable sun god)
fun fact: Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the earth using sticks and shadows in the 3rd century BC.
fun fact: Aristarchus of Samos (3rd century BC.) was the first to propose evidence of our heliocentric solar system.
Enter the Dark Ages shortly after everyone gets ****** by barbarians:
Holy Roman Empire is created
Religious oppression
Fast forward to the Middle ages
Crusades: people from Western Europe wanting to join in travel through Constantinople and the surrounding Byzantine Empire (the remnants of the Eastern Roman Empire)
knowledge is gained once again and is taken back to Western Europe by veterans and the like.
this knowledge kick-starts the early stages of the Renaissance.
people begin to question things again
fast forward to the 16th century:
Copernicus says "What if the earth orbits the sun?"
Church says "what if your wife orbits my dick?!?" (or something else with hostility)
User avatar #14 to #13 - wildmythos
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around a 2000 year gap to get things back on track.
#15 to #14 - contacta
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User avatar #18 to #15 - wildmythos
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I wouldn't say "Christian oppression" given the fact that Byzantium was widely an Orthodox Christian empire. They focused more on trade and growth (I think) rather than oppressing other religions. I would go as far as to call it Catholic oppression.
User avatar #19 to #18 - contacta
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guess i can agree on that part as far as i know especially the catholic church hunted those who wanted to take science further...