13th Oct 2016

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Chris Downey 13th Oct 2016 edit delete
Chris Downey
Okay, now we're getting some lore. That steam engine, also known as an aeolipile, is a real thing (although I drew it from memory, then realized I wasn't accurate after it was drawn. Ah, well), as is Heron, who is also sometimes known as Herod. And he really did only see the aeolipile as a toy. Sometimes I wonder where we'd be if he'd actually realized its implications.


JayyLyn 13th Oct 2016 edit delete reply
looks like i've got a lot of catching up to do <:'D but it looks like a really awesome story so far! can't wait to read more!
Chris Downey 13th Oct 2016 edit delete reply
Chris Downey
Thanks! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have writing it!
It's amazing what ancient civilizations did, and had, which we are only now even so much as beginning to recreate. And have been for centuries, recreating what our ancestors (or sometimes, who our ancestors wiped out) had managed well before we did.

Charting the stars accurately, sailing the world, medical knowledge to treat ailments, SO much of that knowledge lost because of ignorance, arrogance, and savagery.
Chris Downey 14th Oct 2016 edit delete reply
Chris Downey
One of my particular favorites is Roman concrete. They built free-standing concrete domes that are still standing today, over 1500 years later, while we, with our nice, modern building materials and steel reinforcement bars, are unable to make a concrete building last 50 years. The fact that their buildings have stood for so long, and that we are unable to match their prowess, is amazing to me.

I'm also a big fan of the Antikythera Mechanism. We've made some recent breakthroughs in it, and we're reasonably sure it was used to track the motion of stars, but it's still an incredibly intricate thing for how old it is.

Ancient man was brilliant. It's so easy for us to make new things, because someone else gave us the machines that let us advance. But those who lived deep in the past, they had nothing. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
A commonly-held perception is that people of the past were dumb, that the current generation is smarter than the last.

But I've always held the opposite to be true: the later generations had it much easier than their forefathers because their forefathers went and did all of that work.