CULTURE: Greek, Roman, Medieval

Adriana Pena writes: Another dissenting voice on the controversy of Greeks vs. Romans.  First, Greek science might have been more daring or original, but it did not translate into practical uses. At least the Romans knew how to build roads and engineering projects. Their architecture easily surpassed the old Greek scheme of a roof on top of columns.  You might find repulsive what went on at the Circus Maximus, nevertheless the building itself is amazing.

As for the Middle Ages and the Arabs, let us not forget that the Arabs got Egypt and Syria, which were the richest provinces of the Roman Empire,  with the greatest intellectual life (which was going on ages after Rome had conquered Greece), while Christianity had to work with what was basically the boondocks.  Of course, the Arabs inherited Greek science. They were the ones who had easy access to it. But Christianity came up with technology, that is applied science that makes life easier.  WAIS members could read the book The Medieval Machine
by Jean Gimpel, about the industrial revolution in the Middle Ages; the wealth that this industrial revolution created made possible the Renaissance.  Advances in astronomy and theoretical mathematics are admirable, but they did not change things as much as iron plows,  and the three field system. Or double entry bookkeeping, as developed by Pacioli....

RH: On Pacioli, see
Luca Pacioli: The Father of Accounting <>  
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Ronald Hilton 2004


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