(before I made the above post on Reddit )
Lesson: never give a man an inch if he doesn’t want to be taught or have his mind expanded.
- The Mayans were very astute.
- The Greeks had a rigorous education system.
- Children performed many great works.
- Ancient Egypt was a hereditary monarchy.
- Ancient Greece was built on myths and legends.
- Ancient civilizations took great care to preserve their history and achievements.
- Greco-Roman mythology is still being explored today.
- Learning about history doesn’t have to be boring.
The Mayans were very astute.
The Mayans were outstanding at a lot of things. They were great astronomers, mathematicians, engineers, architects, builders, and farmers.
The Mayans were also very astute when it came to pop culture. They understood that no matter how much you know about history, science, math, or even architecture, you can only be prepared for some things that happen in life.
The Greeks had a rigorous education system.
The Greeks had a rigorous education system.
The Greeks had a school system.
They also had an extensive education system, with schools for children from birth to adulthood.
Children performed many great works.
Ancient Egypt was a hereditary monarchy.
Ancient Egypt was a hereditary monarchy. The pharaohs were the heads of state which ruled over all aspects of life in ancient Egypt: government, military and religious leaders.
The king’s power was absolute, and he could do whatever he wanted—even execute people without trial or cause! That’s why some scholars believe that ancient Egyptians believed that being good was not enough to get into heaven; they also had to be royal bloodline members (better known as royalty).
Ancient Greece was built on myths and legends.
The Greeks were a very advanced culture when it came to mythology. They had no written language and didn’t keep records, so their oral history was much more important than ours. Their myths were passed down from generation to generation in song, dance, and storytelling—and they’re still being explored today!
The Greek gods are still being studied by scholars worldwide: modern researchers who study ancient texts and those who examine ancient artifacts such as votive statues (sacred offerings). This type of close attention means we can learn about these characters’ lives through their stories rather than just their physical appearances or artifacts; this makes them more relatable for modern audiences who may not have heard about them.
Ancient civilizations took great care to preserve their history and achievements.
When ancient civilizations were in their prime, they took great care to preserve their history and achievements.
They did this by burying them in temples or other buildings, sometimes even underwater! They also planted them on land, ground, and sea (the ocean was used for burial because it offered protection from enemies). The air was also considered a safe place for burial because it could not be destroyed by fire or other natural disasters like earthquakes or floods.
Greco-Roman mythology is still being explored today.
The Greek and Roman myths are still being explored today. They’re a part of popular culture, but they also contribute to how we think about history.
For example: if you’re reading this article on your phone or tablet device and you click on one of those links I just gave you (sorry), it will take you to an app called “Game of Thrones.” This HBO show was inspired by ancient mythology like Greek gods or Roman gods like Jupiter and Mars (or even Isis). It’s not a replica, but there are many similarities between the two—they both use gods as characters in their storylines; they both have heroes who fight against each other over territory; they both have villains who want revenge against those same heroes; etcetera etceteraetceteraetceteraetcetera
Learning about history doesn’t have to be boring.
Learning about history doesn’t have to be boring. History is an integral part of your life and can also be fun!
I can tell you with certainty that this book has several flaws. However, I am tempted to ignore them because the bones of the idea are far more interesting than the individual parts…
#1: everything from classical mythology to modern pop culture is created by one group. This needs to be more factually accurate and artistically unsatisfying. Even if we assume that there was one group of creative individuals who ultimately shaped all cultures for thousands of years, how could we ever know? Who would we ask? No matter how many ancient texts were written about the creation myths—who would read them? Who would be willing to undergo scientific experiments when their interpretations might destroy any shreds of their faith in the words they had been taught as children? Would they trust us enough not to reveal they’re true identities?
#2: The concept is presented as an inherent flaw with human nature that a supreme power must’ve corrected towards the end of history. Putting aside religious bias (which this book has), even if we accept such a notion, it isn’t quite right. One man or woman (or even a few) couldn’t possibly have built a civilization on top of generations upon generations upon generations without some help from those who came before them…or at least without leaving records behind now and then.
#3: It is distinctly uncomfortable to read about all those ‘ruthless’ kings, emperors, and other high-ranking figures throughout history and wonder why there were so many instances where entire populations decided for themselves what was best for them and chose not to follow these ‘divine’ rulers in every detail—even though these leaders may have been very benevolent in most practical terms (and arguably more humane than most modern politicians). For example, I’m reminded of Gandhi’s writings about his childhood.