A notable structural difference between the Late Bronze Age Collapse and the Fall of the Roman Empire is that during the former, there were no remaining documents¹ that detailed important literature of the time. I never tire of being disappointed by how many ancient texts are lost. Do we attribute this to the carelessness of classical librarians or to apathy? I’m willing to assert that no true librarian can ever be catastrophically inconsiderate of his texts, or allow his patrons to succumb totally to intellectual sloth. Perhaps someday, after all libraries, private and public, become digitized, we’ll locate a sizable portion of manuscripts thought to have been consigned to oblivion; or were committed to an even more devastating fate: having been briefly mentioned in extant texts, create in scholars a sense of their own radical impotence in the face of History.
My project is approximately twofold: to create partially annotated bibliographies regarding obscure topics, and also comment, when I feel compelled to do so, on the status of knowledge and civilization. It’s no secret that there is a marked decrease in the quality of western humanities scholarship over the past fifty years. For the gentleman or gentlewoman scholar who has no immediate monetary interests in humanities institutions, such as our industrialized universities, I wish to contribute, in my small way, to the burgeoning online community of persons in search of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. I pray the reader to forgive my pessimism: as the divinely inspired author wrote: “For in much wisdom there is much sorrow / whoever increases knowledge increases grief.”² I cannot make any claim towards wisdom, but I can towards sorrow. While I read in hope acquiring more knowledge, I have no doubts on the subject of my own grief. Please enjoy.
- This does not include the Egyptian historical records that detailed certain groups of the Seal Peoples.
- Eccl 1:18; http://www.usccb.org/bible/ecclesiastes/1