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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.
Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.
The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.
…. not to be “that guy” but this is why overly religious people scare the shit out of me. If it weren’t for religious zealots, we’d be so much more advanced as a civilization…
That’s not actually true though - the loss of the Library was Roman Imperialist forces, not Christians. The idea that the Medieval Church suppressed scientific learning is largely a myth - in fact it was monks who transcribed ancient texts preserving knowledge in Europe. The Church doesn’t get reactionary like people imagine until around the 16th Century forward in reaction against THE SUCCESS of rival philosophies (including forms of Protestantism, Deism, 18th Century liberalism, etc).
The idea that the medieval Church could set back all human scientific progress is grossly Eurocentric. If you’re looking for an event in the Medieval Era: The Mongols crushing the Abbasid Caliphate would have a much greater impact in that regard.