posted on Feb, 2 2006 @ 10:58 AM
Considering the effect that the loss of pagan philosophical texts had on europe during the dark ages, and then the revitalization that occured when
these classical texts were re-discovered (ie, the renaissance and enlightement), I'd have to say that if the Library of Alexandria hadn't been
destroyed, that there might've never been a european dark ages.
To be clear, the library was destroyed long before the dark ages, but i am saying that the texts kept there (and added to it later) would've probably
presented our counter acted the dark ages.
Look at how advanced islamic civilization was during this time, and that was from having some of the classical works, imagine if the entire
library had been available to them AND europe. Heck, there might've been a real flow of documents and peoples and thoughts between, say, europe and
india, and imagine the synergy that'd occur with that. Just look at the learning and influence that occured for the period of alexanders hellenistic
The world would definitly be radically different.
Though, I have to wonder if being in a dark age set europe up for developing the modern scientific persepective, if the shock had an influential
impact for a lot of people. Perhaps if there was no Dark Ages and thus shock, europeans wouldn't have developed the rennaisane and enlightenment.
After all, for all their classical learning, the muslims developed not chemistry, but al-chemistry, more of a pseudo-science than a science.
And Byzantium, as the survival of the classical greco-roman world, it was unique, but it wasn't scientific or highly advanced over, say, italy during
the renaisance, so maybe there would've been global stagnation instead of continuous progress.