The answer to why we didn’t develop pretty much any given technology sooner has nothing to do with ignorance or fear but rather the market price of labor.
What, you think I’m kidding? See for yourself.
To all authors, directors, game designers, and other creative people in the world: if ancient Greek history is doing a better job of passing the Bechdel test than you are, you’ve got some work to do.
(With an assist from Mrs. TC.)