Ere land and sea and the all-covering sky
Were made, in the whole world the countenance
Of nature was the same, all one, well named
Chaos, a raw and undivided mass,
Naught but a lifeless bulk, with warring seeds
Of ill-joined elements compressed together.
Publius Ovid
Metamorphoses, Book I, The Creation, I. 5-25
What if the Dark Ages had never happened, and people like Ovid never stopped being around? When would we have got to the moon? AD 800?

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