the fact that they built structures that lasted for hundreds or thousands of years… …when our crap falls down in a heavy wind. And we think we’re smarter.

They always skip from Ancient Greek and credit the Islamic mathematics from 11th century but skip all the inbetween stuff. [not criticizing you, just criticizing modern historical bias]

http://www.seetheholyland.net/tag/greek-orthodox/

Domes were a part of Eastern Christian architecture for a long time. One very small example is the tomb of St. Sabbas, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabbas_the_Sanctified – who died in 532 AD and his shrine built around that time – with hexagon walls and a hexagon dome.

Before Islam even EXISTED domes were made of various shapes, depending on architectural style at the time, although they ended up with domes as the most pleasing for ecclesiastical reasoning. [resembling the natural sky dome above, painted with bright clouds and inspirational iconography of Saints, like preteen girls with a poster of One Direction on her ceiling.

The invaders to the territory were welcomed into Byzantine society, after some skirmishes, and were intertwined cultures for hundreds of years – not without their battles of course.

But the Greeks began losing political power. Rome seceded from the family of Churches in the Great Schism and went their own way and Islam within the traditionally Eastern Christian culture (“Rome of the East”) began gaining greater and great influence.

200 years of back and forth between the Ottoman Turks and the Byzantines for political and geographical power, yet even inbetween the battles, education continued, schools continued running and both the Turks and the Byzantines were receiving similar knowledge.

Anyway, this is an oversimplification.

Point is, during all that time, hexagons and domes and their construction was ongoing, first among the Eastern Christian and then a similar style adopted by the Muslims. Engineering is more than just “oops, we copied you” and I find some accounts of historical engineering to be somewhat offensive, as if they tripped and bumbled their way through the centuries, nevermind the fact that they built structures that lasted for hundreds or thousands of years…

…when our crap falls down in a heavy wind. And we think we’re smarter.

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