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An interesting perspective, but I must disavow the comments on Christianity. Also worth noting that "Rome" did not die with antiquity, but endured with much the same technology level as it had previously well into what we call the Middle Ages, falling only in 1453, despite adopting what Galkovsky dismisses as a cargo cult as her state religion. It was the practitioners of that same "totalitarian cult" that were on the cusp of steam power in the 14th century, and those same "cultists" in the East that had preserved the writings of Antiquity enjoyed today.

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