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外围体育投注What did the ancients know about their even more ancient ancestors?

There’s a story I’ve heard about a Greek traveler arriving at the ruins of Nineveh, which had been destroyed a few hundred years prior by Cyrus the Great of Persia. The Greek asks the locals who built this great city, but nobody knows.

外围体育投注A similar story involves a Portuguese explorer stumbling upon the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, but again, none of the locals know much about it.

So, to what extent were people in pre-modern eras aware of the history of the land they inhabited? For example, would a native Egyptian living in Persian, Hellenistic, or Roman Egypt have had much awareness of Egypt’s thousands of years of dynastic history before? Would a medieval farmer in Mesopotamia know anything about the Sassanid Persians or the Achaemenid Persians, or to go even farther back, about Assyrians and Babylonians and Sumerians? Without mass literacy and easy access to knowledge, how far back would the collective memory of society go?

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外围体育投注Looking for official policies, historical examples, justifications, etc., anyone has anything handy.

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外围体育投注And what kind of housing did they have?

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外围体育投注This question is inspired by this article: . According to it, the USA is collapsing:

  • COVID-19 smashed the idea of American Exceptionalism, and now countries are sending aid to the USA.

  • 外围体育投注Individualism destroyed the family unit and led to a wave of divorces.

  • Only 1/2 of Americans report having meaningful, face-to-face social interactions on a daily basis.

  • 外围体育投注The USA consumes 2/3ds of the world’s production of antidepressant and an opioid crisis has displaced car accidents as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

  • The 3 richest Americans have more money than the poorest 160 million of their countrymen.

  • The USA dropped to 45th place in terms of press freedom.

  • 外围体育投注The USA's failings is allowing the PRC to get away with their own atrocities.

Point is, that article claims that the USA has become so thoroughly rotten that it is practically a dead nation. But is it really that easy to tell if a country is near collapse?:

  • 外围体育投注Did the collapse of the USSR take the world by surprise, or did the world see it coming?

  • 外围体育投注Personally, I was very surprised when the toppled various governments, but was the world as surprised as I was, or did it see the Arab Spring coming?

Edit: I'm not saying that I am agreeing with that article's base assumption (i.e. that what the USA is undergoing now is an irreversible implosion). If one were to assume that this article is right, it makes it seem almost too easy to see the USA as a collapsing nation. Hence why I ask if it was equally easy to see the Arab Spring or the USSR's collapse coming.

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