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reply to post by Harte
Any "flood" that matches the evidence we actually have is far too slow to erase a culture and its artifacts.
But therein lies the caveat, Harte. It's the evidence we have...so far. Archaeology, like every other scientific discipline, changes with the wind. What's thought to be fact today, will tomorrow, be rewritten. Yet, we treat each new peer reviewed paper as the definitive answer, knowing inside it isn't, and can never be. There will always be another piece of evidence that changes the current understanding. I know you know this, but science isn't about definitive answers. It's about probabilities.
Add to that the fact that older libraries survived into much later times, and I think it's pretty obvious that, while the loss of the Library was an irredeemable tragedy, it's not likely to have been an Earth-shattering loss, nor would it have influenced us much in our thinking had it survived.
Can we really afford to be cavalier about the possibilities the right library could open up to us for discovery and learning? If we have any true interest in understanding our past at all?
I'm with you on keeping a moderate mindset, but I'm also for looking at possibilities we haven't considered, and may, or may not, have evidence for yet. If we persistently close our minds to possibilities, just because they don't match our current understanding. We shoot ourselves in the foot repeatedly.
Even Einstein said: “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
I always appreciate reading your take on things. I may not have your knowledge and understanding of the current scientific paradigm, concerning ancient history, but I do try my best to maintain a semblance of objectivity.
See, for me when I read about the Library of Alexandria's destruction or of Ancient Chinese rulers burning all literature or later of the Spanish/Church destroying all the Aztec codices I can imagine collaborative information for such prehistoric events lost to humanity for all times.
The royal library consists of approximately 30,000 tablets and writing boards with the majority of them being severely fragmented.  It can be gleaned from the conservation of the fragments that the number of tablets that existed in the library at the time of destruction was close to two thousand and the number of writing boards within the library can be placed at a total of three hundred. The majority of the tablet corpus (about 6,000) included colloquial compositions in the form of legislation, foreign correspondences and engagements, aristocratic declarations, and financial matters.  The remaining texts contained divinations, omens, incantations and hymns to various gods, while others were concerned with medicine, astronomy, and literature. For all these texts in the library only ten contain expressive rhythmic literary works such as epics and myths. The Epic of Gilgamesh, a masterpiece of ancient Babylonian poetry, was found in the library as was the Enûma Eliš creation story, and myth of Adapa the first man, and stories such as the Poor Man of Nippur. The texts were principally written in Akkadian in the cuneiform script, however many of the tablets do not have an exact derivation and it is often difficult to ascertain their original homeland. Many of the tablets are indeed composed in the Neo-Babylonian Script, but many were also known to be written in Assyrian as well.  Nineveh was destroyed in 612 BC by a coalition of Babylonians, Scythians and Medes, an ancient Iranian people. It is believed that during the burning of the palace, a great fire must have ravaged the library, causing the clay cuneiform tablets to become partially baked. Paradoxically, this potentially destructive event helped preserve the tablets. As well as texts on clay tablets, some of the texts may have been inscribed onto wax boards which because of their organic nature have been lost.
One thing to remember is that the Hebrews were Mesopotamian, and that yewah was one of the dozens of gods of Mesopotamia.
punkinworks10And they really weren't Hebrew until they accepted the covenant of Abraham, and were not truely Jewish until they accepted the covenant of Moses.
In fact when the first temple was built, a temple to Baal was built at the same time, in a nearby town, so that those Israelites who were still polytheisistic had a temple.
Pamphilus of Alexandria's comprehensive lexicon in 95 books of foreign or obscure words
Aristarchus of Samos' astronomy book outlining his heliocentric theory
On pneumatics, a work describing force pumps
Memorabilia, a compilation of his research works
So much ice collected in these two major regions and several lesser ones that the sea level dropped by some 400 feet
civilization of the day was on the shore...
was being the key word after the above
Now why do we say to "cross" the ocean.....?
well worth a look imhoedit on 19-2-2014 by Danbones because: (no reason given)edit on 19-2-2014 by Danbones because: (no reason given)