Forgotten History of the Western People (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/10/1
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This book examines some of the very earliest histories, beginning with the Babylonian ten kings before the flood, the story of Gilgamesh, and the foundation of Troy. The claims of the Greek philosopher Euhemerus are considered, that all the gods were deified kings. The story continues with the destruction of Troy, the flight of Aeneas to Italy and the arrival of his great-grandson Brutus in Britain. The early Irish and Scottish histories are also considered, together with the arrival of Christianity in these islands during the first century and the building of the first church at Glastonbury. Finally, all the histories agree that, just as the world had a beginning, so also it will have an end. The Chapters are: 1. Creation and the Flood. 2. The Early Post-Flood World. 3. Dubious Histories. 4. From Dardanus to the Welsh Kings. 5. Anglo-Saxon Genealogies. 6. History of Ireland and Scotland. 7. Early Christianity in the British Isles. 8. The End of the World. ix + 245 pages, including 314 footnotes, Bibliography with 87 references, and Index. Mike Gascoigne is a freelance technical author with a background in chemical engineering. He dumped history at the age of 14 because he thought it was boring, but took it up again later in life when he realised that it all started somewhere and we didn't just emerge from an amorphous stone age, bronze age and iron age. Mike Gascoigne, BSc, MS, CEng, MIChemE, MISTC.
After reading this book and Cooper's book I saw that Greek mythology (and other ancient stories) were not just made up out of thin air, but they were rooted in history, just embellished. I was taught in school that Troy wasn't a real place, just Greek mythology. But now they are finding that these places and people were real. I believe that the ancients did not have a concept of fiction that we do today--that writers completely make up stories. These ancients were storytellers. They told stories about real people, just like the traveling bards of the Middle Ages who spread the news, embellishing it a bit as they went along (not much different than the news today).
These two books have given me roots. We are used to the teachings of evolution: no beginning, no ending, no purpose, no point.
I also recommend "Everlasting Man" by G.K. Chesterton and Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree, especially his discussion about linear time.
Science will mention a few paragraphs about Greek philosophers and scientists, and launch off into evolutionary ideas and nonsensical mythology posing as "real science."
Mr. Gascoigne shows that, without question, the Romans, Greek, Egyptians, Babylonians, and numerous other lesser known kingdoms traced their ancestry back Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Add to that the fact that our ancient ancstors measured years based the time passed since a global flood, and you have clear proof, without use of the Bible, that there was more than enough historical evidence to prove that people all over the western world acknowledge The Flood.
If you've ever wondered how nations formed; why Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology seems to exaggerated; or what Europeans recorded of history in the last 2000 years (outside of Rome), then this is the book for you.
Using ancient genealogies, the book shows how people spread out over the world after the Great Flood, thereby tracing the actual origins of the people who now populate Europe, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. It also provides a good overview of what ancient historians recorded about the history and spiritual beliefs of their native lands and bordering civilizations, including the impact and spread of Christianity.
I highly recommend it as an informative and well-written resource for anyone interested in the ancient history of the West from the perspective of the people who were a part of it.