Welcome

Join us as we travel through time and learn how human communication has evolved over the ages.  We will also learn how the ride itself has changed over the years.

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Introduction

We are all a part of the Universe as crew members of Spaceship Earth – setting the stage on an even tone for what is next in our history.

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The Phoenicians

From Egypt we move North to the Mediterranean Sea where over the next 1,000 years the Phoenicians were the prime sea merchants of the region. These Semitic sea-traders were not strictly defined to a specific region and were ruled by various empires in the region.

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Greece “Inventors of the Future”

In the 2008 refurbishment, the theater scene was abandoned and replaced with a scene depicting a philosopher lecturing a number of students. Far away/little dude is still in the back! Two young dudes/students were added to the scene. The handwriting we learned about with the Greek alphabet changed from an aid to oral performance in antiquity to the vital component in education.

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Ancient Rome

From Ancient Greece we move forward about 500 years to Ancient Rome. There are many details before even reaching the main scene with characters. The first thing we see after leaving Greece is a marble statue of Augustus (63 BC – AD 14), the first Roman Emperor.

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Burning Rome

As you leave the meet up between the Romans (and shake your head in despair that the the chariot is missing) look to the right and you’ll see Ancient Roman graffiti!

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Islamic Empire

Wipe the tears from your eyes, the smoke has cleared and we have moved ahead to the mid-7th century to the mid-13th century. The city of Baghdad is a center of learning and innovations that rivaled Ancient Athens and Ancient Rome, a new intellectual epicenter has emerged!

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Medieval Scribes

Our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian friends worked to translate these ever important texts in varying languages.  Certainly the completion of the double, sometimes triple translation (Greek into Arabic, Arabic into Latin, and sometimes Spanish) is one of the most fruitful scholarly enterprises ever undertaken!

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Moveable Type Printing Press

Finally! We get some help. Some folks thought it was nuts to keep writing this stuff out and created a template by carving into a wood block. This actually continued to serve well for illustrations but not for the text. Surely there must be another way! Introducing the – the Moveable Type Printing Press!

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