venerdì 22 marzo 2013
The authors of II century d.C., observing the rise of Christian religion, considered this faith as a "superstition", an were puzzled by the strange beliefs of christians, that challenged the humanism and the rationalism of their civilization. They were unaware that the Roman Empire would fall in a couple of centuries and that the absurd doctrine will become the indubitable religion for every European. I ponder over these old stories when I browse the web. There you find a large variety of things, but the dominant ones are political conspiracy, UFO, alternative economic theories, crop circles and so on. They appear as something absurd and illogical to the people that received a traditional education based on books (like me), but they seem to establish a coherent doctrine, based more on faith that on rational reasoning - not differently from the early Christina religion. In the Reinessance a synthesis between the humanism of the ancients and christian religion was realized . But this happened 1000 year after the collapse ot the ancient civilization.
venerdì 15 marzo 2013
mercoledì 13 marzo 2013
giovedì 7 marzo 2013
If you travel inner Sicily or Spain you will find a barren landscape, with sparse or no trees and extensive grasslands. This is ovioulsy related to low rainfall, but this landscape is by no means a natural one; it was originated by overexploitation of the soils for crop harvesting at the time of the Romans. The impoverished soils became unproductive, and were ledt abandoned or destinated to sheep grazing. This is perhaps the most striking heritage of the Roma Empire, much more, possibly, than the imposing ruins of temples and theaters.