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How much do I love the idea that the Romans burned the Library of Alexandria "to stop the Greeks using time travel against them again." LOL!!! ^_^

It's scary that I wouldn't be surprised if the Hellenistic Greeks had time travel technology. I mean, they would have just proved they could do it, write a poem about it, then never actually use it. ...That we know of. Or DID THEY? ...Did they? ... >_>

But, God, that one about the Mongols destroying the books in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad... The Tigris being ink-black for 6 months? O_O AAAAAAAAAAAAArgh!


Date: 2010-01-13 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Two words for you: Antikythera Device.

Date: 2010-01-13 05:09 pm (UTC)
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That's what they mentioned! But do tell - I must know what the latest ideas are about it!

I remember reading about the Hellenistic Greeks having lasers. *awesome*

I want to write some bronze!punk! *MAN*

Date: 2010-01-13 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, everyone sensible thinks it was just a calendar, integrating solar and lunar function, or maybe a navigation device (plotting celestial motion).

I want to write a time-travel story abou tit. ^_^


Date: 2010-01-13 05:28 pm (UTC)
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I can crack that out, even if I am sensible ;) It could easily be *attached* to a time machine. And I do actually have a 'the Time Lords went to Archaic Greece' story brewing for Doctor Who- which has not enough Greek stories.

The lasers were more like concentrated sun rays. I believe it was based on optical equipment that was discovered- perhaps bronze mirrors.

I was actually in a library once when the radio show announced the invention of time travel. I remember stopping and going O_O for a second or two. ;)

Date: 2010-01-13 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, you're talking about the Death Ray. Okay!

Date: 2010-01-13 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Death Ray. But I can suppose that smaller ones could have been developed for optical experiments and, you know, time travel stuff too.

Possibly. ;)

(that should have read bookstore for library)

Date: 2010-01-13 05:46 pm (UTC)
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...time travel powered by lasers. Or lasers fitted into wee handheld devices, like bronze-age laser guns. OH YES.


Date: 2010-01-13 06:22 pm (UTC)
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...Wikipedia says the Rhodians had robots.


Pindar even says so. Robots with marble legs.

Date: 2010-01-13 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Well, for a given value of robot...totally. Oracle-telling automata!

Date: 2010-01-13 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally working a scene over in my head involving Hellenistic androids, though...

The best part is that I'm certain the Greek archeology prof would help me.

Date: 2010-01-13 11:39 pm (UTC)
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That would be awesome. ^_^

Date: 2010-01-14 12:32 am (UTC)
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Yep, with bronzey bits and mosaic marble for glittery bling action. ^_^

Date: 2010-01-14 02:42 pm (UTC)
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YES. I support this!

Date: 2010-01-13 06:54 pm (UTC)
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You need to stop reading the same sites I do. They're just going to drive you batty!

Date: 2010-01-13 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I don't actually. This was via FB news feed!


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