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ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:48:06 PM »


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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 01:03:50 PM »
Be grateful for the corrupt and cynical collectors. At least there is a chance these treasures will resurface some day. Unlike the usual fundie habit of destroying anything that doesn't fit their world view.

Baghdad once had the finest library outside of Alexandria. The Muslims invaded and dumped every last book into the Tigris, which reportedly ran black with ink for days. I'd rather they sold them than destroy them - the past is the one thing we can't get back.

(Note- The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by Christians for much the same reason. Got one book, who needs any more?)
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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 01:31:52 PM »
Be grateful for the corrupt and cynical collectors. At least there is a chance these treasures will resurface some day. Unlike the usual fundie habit of destroying anything that doesn't fit their world view.

Baghdad once had the finest library outside of Alexandria. The Muslims invaded and dumped every last book into the Tigris, which reportedly ran black with ink for days. I'd rather they sold them than destroy them - the past is the one thing we can't get back.

(Note- The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by Christians for much the same reason. Got one book, who needs any more?)

yah....I've walked some of the ruins of Alexandria....its staggering to imagine what was lost there...

As for Iraq, we'll be lucky if the whole country doesn't end up preserved under fused, radioactive crater glass.....

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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 01:53:42 PM »
400,000 books, which was pretty much every book ever written at the time. Egypt had book collectors, who would go to other countries and find books for the library. Every trading ship or caravan - customs were not looking for smuggled goods, but for books, which were copied. Centuries of oral tradition, painstakingly written down by scribes. It is painful to think what was lost.

One example - the Emperor Claudius wrote an Etruscan dictionary, by talking to the last few people who spoke it. He gifted a copy to the library, then when he was assassinated, his writings were removed. The very basis of Latin, the ideals of the Republic, and an entire culture - gone without trace.

The Baghdad library had the same philosophy. Take a copy of everything. When I die and am sitting at the gates of hell, I have one request of the Devil. To be able to beat the crap out of these people who did it for all eternity.
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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 03:31:11 PM »
once again, better to keep one's eggs in more than one basket.

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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 06:10:34 AM »
yah....I've walked some of the ruins of Alexandria....its staggering to imagine what was lost there...

As for Iraq, we'll be lucky if the whole country doesn't end up preserved under fused, radioactive crater glass.....

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Yeah.  There are so many world leaders with the balls to do that.
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Re: ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 06:20:52 AM »
Yeah.  There are so many world leaders with the balls to do that.

I'd sort of rather they didn't.

There are only two places I'd be happy seeing a nuke hit. Iran's enrichment facilities and NK's. Even then, I'd prefer conventionals.
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