Thursday, June 8, 2017

Plato Had Access To A Lot Of Old Books That Were Lost

"0 Solon, Solon, you Hellenes are but children. There is no old doctrine handed down among you by ancient tradition, nor any science which is hoary with age and I will tell you the reason behind this. There have been and will be again many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes, the greatest having been brought about by earth-fire and inundation. Whatever happened either in your country or ours or in any other country of which we are informed, any action which is noble and great or in any other way remarkable which has taken place, all that has been inscribed long ago in our temple records, whereas you and other nations did not keep imperishable records. And then, after a period of time, the usual inundation visits like a pestilence and leaves only those of you who are destitute of letters and education. And thus you have to begin over again as children and know nothing of what happened in ancient times either among us or among yourselves. As for those genealogies of yours which you have related to us, they are no better than tales of children; for in the first place, you remember one deluge only, whereas there were a number of them. And in the next place there dwelt in your land, which you do not know, the fairest and noblest race of men that ever lived of which you are but a seed or remnant. And this was not known to you because for many generations the survivors of that destruction made no records."

- Plato, referring to a record by Timaeus (Spoken by a priest of Egypt)


styrac1 said...

Sam said...

I wish we could find an ancient Egyptian library that had some of this stuff. There could be one.

There was a large amount of scrolls that were found carbonized in Herculanium. I heard once they needed 3 million to dig them up and process them but...after that no info at all. Someone had to have dug them up as they were the only known ancient library. Probably (((them))) not wanting to have uncensored material out there. Maybe we'll get to see the parts they want us too. It's very frustrating.

We need a very, very, very long lived say 10TB book reader with most of the known knowledge.

styrac1 said...

New ways of combating antisemitism - by watching anime porn in the background

McCain loses his shit.

Kona Commuter said...

You just know there are far better versions available now

Phlebas the Phoenician said...

Father, You are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives You praise. All life, all holiness comes from You, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of Your name. (From the Eucharist Prayer III, The Ordinary of the Mass)

Read the last sentence. Hidden in plain sight. Well, at least to my way of thinking.

Sam said...