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Because there is a wealth of historical data indicating that the Romans of Caesar's time did not have the technology. Trust me. We can go over it if you want but it seems pretty silly.

What, so now you're saying that absence of evidence is evidence of absence? That you can conclusively prove that some Roman secret society couldn't have had machine guns and just not shared this knowledge in written form?

In contrast, the data that describes the source of the big bang is sparse, to say the least. In the absence of data, one should be careful about making conclusions about the nature of that source.

Oh, this is just too easy. It sounds like all that's bothering you is that we have TOO MUCH data from Rome, so I'll run around that objection right away. Let's ditch Rome and head back to the Chinese Xia dynasty, circa 1600 BCE. As far as I can tell, we have no surviving writing from that period, only legendary texts.

Therefore, surely you must grant that it is just as likely as not that Emperor Yu the Great was killed by a machine gun. In fact, Wikipedia even states that he was killed on a hunting tour. Surely hunting is easier with a machine gun, and that would certainly fill in the vague details of his death which would otherwise be lost to history.

Now prove me wrong. It sounds like your standard is that we are free to make up any entity we want, as long as there is no writing available to contradict it.
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