posted on Apr, 22 2012 @ 11:10 AM
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Hanslune
No sorry, more what happened in this period? We went from knowing how to build stone aquaducts and buildings, etc to not having a clue for basically
700 years (give or take a little).
you have to remember that very few people really had the training or knowledge of how to build any of that stuff, it was mostly held by romans who
guarded it jealously.
The reason i keep saying Huns is because there was order and technology (Romans, etc) then the Huns swept in and destroyed the Western Roman
Empire and then........what? Maybe it wasn't the Huns destroying everything but there must have been something. It would appear that in Britain
alone, by the 500's we had definitely lost the ability to repair stone bridges - they were patched with wood or abandoned and replacements built in
wood downstream. Why? What happened?
the huns didn't destroy the roman empire, they contributed to the migration of many of the germanic tribes east, those tribes helped destroy the
empire. the romans were their own undoing, being that their whole empire rested on conquering other peoples and living off their backs all the while
taking their men as conscripts to fight romes' next target.
as i said the skills needed to build those roads may have existed in few hands and maybe in britain they all left when rome called them back to
protect rome from the visigoths and vandals(didn't help them)
It is just something that genuinely baffles me. I mean, say, for arguments sake, it was the Huns. They never got to Britain so surely we should
still have kept knowledge of that stone working ability, either in written records or passed down. But we didn't, like much of Northern / Western
Europe. This knowledge had to be regained.
why would you think so? romans weren't exactly the most inclusive people, maybe there wasn't that many people who knew how, and rome took them all
when it needed them.
after all it isn't like they could just mass manufacture the stones the way we could.
Sorry for the poorly explained rant but as you can see, i have a question there but i am not articulating it very well.
hate to say this but you are allowing your 21st century views to bleed into the 5th century here. lets be honest here, now adays building skills are
a dime a dozen, and no one cares about who knows them. it may have been that the knowledge was not shared, and only known by a few people.
from my understanding, the officers were romans and their soldiers were conscripts from conquered countries. so more than likely only the officer
knows how to build roads, since it was common for the roads to be build by conscripts.
being that the romans didn't think much of the conquered peoples, they no doubt never taught very many of them how to do anything but hold a sword by
the non-sharp end.