Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Edge of the World: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge


Final Frontier Voyager by George Grie

Back in the day there was this theory that the world was flat and had edges. There was also the belief that monsters inhabited those edges.

Until the late sixth century BCE, the Greeks conceptualized the world as a series of concentric circles. Greece was surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (with large islands like Sicily, Italy, and Cyprus); the Mediterranean was surrounded by the three continents, and behind the continents was the Ocean, which surrounded the world disk. Here, one could encounter strange monsters: Homer's Odyssey mentions a great variety of them. The edges of the continents were inhabited by savage, monstrous barbarians, the opposites of the civilized Greeks in the middle of the earth. -Livius.org


I don't think they just popped by to borrow a cup of sugar.
Let's pretend for a minute that this theory panned out. I would think it'd take about two seconds before humanity was faced with it's first apocalypse. 

Maybe there'd be a brilliant stroke of luck and the monsters would kill the barbarians, or the barbarians would kill the monsters. Whoever survived wouldn't be likely to just stay at the edges of the world though. They wouldn't play nice once they started moving in either. 

It makes sense why these myth were paired with daring heroes and busybody gods. If it was average humans up against these odds, they'd all be dead before they ever got the chance to invent a gun. 

Yes, I'm squashing your argument about being able to just shoot or blow up the monsters/barbarians before you even get to make it. 

The invasion of these creatures would of been humanities first and last apocalypse. 
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