I’m a huge believer that people have always found a way to do what they want. A lot of resourceful tricks can come from the most desperate measures. Basically, if you really want to do something you will find a way. Today’s example, if you really want to watch a movie that’s in theaters in your home, get free music etc., with some research you will be able to do so on your computer. You can use duct tape and other items to finish a job you don’t have the proper tool for. Take that resourceful mentality and apply it to the ancient world. There have always been geniuses and all it takes is a desire to do something by a powerful person and request it from a genius architect/builder/scientist and it will be done.
Watching “Ancient Discoveries” on the History channel really opens one’s mind. The things they were able to accomplish on years A.D. are really incredible. After watching the episode “Mega Machines” I have come to the realization that we don’t know shit about ancient cultures.
Ancient Greece had cranes, sawing devices, and weaponry at their disposal. The human spirit has always strived for granduer, will along with determination prevailed. It’s amazing what steam, heat, and water force can achieve. There is evidence that the ancients built mega machines that were able to move tons of stone which is not possible even with today’s technology. Why is that? Well, simply because we don’t have the need to at this time. Segmented steel is lighter to transport so we have machines adapted for this. If we were a civilization centered around stone work then you best believe that our technology would be centered around it. Then ancients had to work with stone so they devised machines to make their desires possible. In the era of microprocessors, it’s amazing of what can be done using math and the most basic instruments.
The problem with thinking about how the ancients built pyramids and temples is that we tend to think of it with modern thinking. You have to clear all of that and think of it using only the tools you have available. Animals. Man power. Levers. Pulleys. Steam. Water. Heat. You can accomplish just about anything with all of these elements. The problem is that this was replaced with the advent of electricity. Electronic devices can accomplish a lot but can also limit human thinking. It’s easy to think that large accomplishments can not be accomplished without electrical machinery.
After watching this episode I actually feel quite satisfied about how ancient people were able to carve large blocks of stone and transport them to their desired place. They found ingenuity and applied it to their most cherished desires.
The most impressive was the Greek light house. There is much speculation of all of it’s abilities, but at the most basic was the projection of light. Since Egypt was limited in wood, there had to be a way to burn a fire that could guide ships to port. It was in Alexandria, they were known to be interested in mirrors and light refraction, there are countless ways that they could have applied it to this structure but the exact method they used is not known. It was the tallest building at the time and some believe it was also used as a weapon. The base was squared, the next layer octagonal, followed by a refracting crystal at the top. It’s sheer technological advancement was unprecedented. The expert’s quote is dope:
This building is propaganda in stone.
That’s bad ass, basically saying don’t fuck with people that can build this shit.
Like I’ve said, there is so much we don’t know about ancient cultures that the more is discovered about them the more we have to rethink how advanced they really were. The best example is this: the Spanish burned about 95% of the Aztec literature. Any archeological planning, writings, guidelines, or philosophies are gone forever. We don’t know shit about what has come before us.