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This review is from: How the Irish Saved Civilisation: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History) (Paperback)
Mr. Cahill has written an entertaining work on an interesting subject, but for his premise to work, he has to take a narrow view. The Irish saving civilization indeed! They certainly helped, but what Cahill ignores are the efforts of the Byzantines and the Arabs, who also copied and preserved classical manuscripts. Cahill would make you think that the Irish are the only ones who went about this business. Let's spread the credit where it's deserved.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2011 12:02:15 BDT
I've just been reading this again, and it is remarkable how he seems unaware of the existence of the eastern mediterranean. It's all about Rome and Constantinople/Byzantium might as well not exist.
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