Post by us4-he2-gal2 on Mar 12, 2020 21:25:53 GMT -5
Well in terms of weapons of high technology, and by the thread title I have to assume that you mean technology up to and including nuclear weapons, there really isn't anything in the ancient records about this. Not if the texts are properly interpreted. It's probably more useful to turn the telescope around here and ask instead: how does one come to suspect that there were ancient nuclear weapons in the first place? I know that Erich von Däniken and Zecharia Sitchin are rather masterful at planting these ideas, the success of their business depends on it. And they have been successful, in a perverted sense, you will find their works on popular bookstore shelves, where no Assyriologist has ever been sold, and you will find their ideas echoed on the history channel (of all places). A typical tactic of these authors is to point to some mundane phenomenon, perhaps a large crater in some far off country, and to suggest to the reader that this crater could only be explained by the event of an ancient explosion - surely not just an explosion, but the size of said crater could only allow for the explanation that it was in fact an ancient nuclear explosion of some kind...etc...etc. Outside of the authority of this supposed scholar, it would of course be preposterous to suggest that said crater could not have been caused by something more obvious. They will then cherry pick ancient texts and artifacts and argue that what is really a crude depiction of i.e. an ancient boat should actually be taken to be an ancient space ship, or some argument of this sort. The point is, these scholars are peddling little more than artful and imaginative misrepresentations. They are frauds who are miles away from true modern day readers of Sumerian, they intentionally inhibit the ability of their readers to discover this fraud by suggestion that the academia is in on the 'plot' to hide the 'truth'. Your only chance to figure this out would be to learn to use the scholarship of everyone whose name isn't Daniken or Sitchen (or similar), i.e. actual university scholars who work on these subjects and have done all of the work of deciphering and translating cuneiform to date. If that is your interest, that one of the main purposes of this forum is to assist the public in learning to access and use academic materials.
And not just history channel is parading around these lies, there is for example this >>>pile of dung<<<. The only hint that the stories accompanying the jewellery he is making are fabricated is given in the "About" section.
"Over the years, Steven Parker has been active in the design and manufacture of product in two industries – toys and jewelry. The work you see here brings together the knowledge culled from that experience with the elements of mechanics, narrative, and an interactive experience woven throughout. Another element present in some of Mr. Parker's work may be apparent in the discoveries documented here of Mr. Parker’s alter ego, Dr. Kent Streaver – a barely perceptible hint of parody."
If you have any background in the study of the Ancient Near East it is crystal clear that these 3 Cylinder seals are modern. But if you have no background you might easily be tricked into believing his story of atomic bombs in Babylon.
The thing is, with those lies and fabricated stories there is a lot of money to be made. And these charlatans like Sitchin and his disciples (i strongly hesitate to call them scholars in any way) will do anything to keep the cash flowing... making up new theories, ideally based on other lukewarm theories, ripping information out of context, straight up lying...you name it. And if someone who actually has a clue about the ANE critiques them they pull the "ivory tower" card, basically calling all the people who studied the field liars.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2020 13:59:26 GMT -5 by sheshki
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