Friday, June 13, 2008

Hypatia and Sophocles

It's beyond depressing to realize that the loss of the Library of Alexandria meant the loss of all but seven of Sophocles' 123 plays. 116 plays of Sophocles lost!

In this excerpt from Cosmos (quite possibly the best thing ever put on tee-vee), Carl Sagan lays this loss at the feet of superstition and inequality.

We should never forget the lost plays of Sophocles, the Buddhas of Bamyan, or the fate of Hypatia.

The mutually-reinforcing embrace of religious ignorance and social injustice destroys, impoverishes, maims, and kills.

(H/T Pharyngula)

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