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... Greek literature. (1) However, no mention of foot washing in connection with meals can be found in Jewish sources, including ritual observances prescribed in the Old Testament or the voluminous Midrashic commentaries on them. Jews were required to wash their hands before meals, not their feet. But if we look at this episode from the point of view of Greek and Roman customs, we find that the washing of feet before a formal meal was a regular practice. The reason was a practical one-- on formal occasions the Greeks and the Romans did not sit at a table as we do, but lay prone on a cushion, leaning on their elbows and facing a low table. Accounts of such meals are abundant in ancient literature, ranging from the Symposium of Plato to the feast of Trimalchio in the Satyricon. Dinner guests, arriving from dusty or muddy streets and roads, had to take off their shoes and wash their feet before lying down for a meal on their host's expensive cushions. (2) In better households a slave came around ...
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212. Aristarchus of Samos [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... (2) As Archimedes said, the view of Aristarchus conflicted with the common teaching of the astronomers, and he also quoted it only to put it aside disapprovingly. One of the contemporaries of Aristarchus, Cleanthes, wrote a treatise ? Against Aristarchus.? (3) Whatever his scientific argument may have been, he accused Aristarchus of an act of impiety. Plutarch wrote in his book Of the Face in the Disc of the Moon (De facie in orbe lunae) that Cleanthes ? thought it was the duty of the Greeks to indict Aristarchus of Samos on the charge of impiety for putting in motion the Hearth of the Universe, this being the effect of his attempt to save the phenomena by supposing heaven to remain at rest and the Earth to revolve in an oblique circle, while it rotates, at the same time, about its own axis.? (4) We do not know whether there was any actual court action and verdict; however, we know that a verdict of judges, even if unanimous, could not make the Sun ...
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213. Plato [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... a boy of about ten, Plato heard the story of Atlantis from his friend and playmate Critias the younger, what the latter was told by his grandfather, Critias the older, who in his turn had heard it from his friend Solon, who came to Sais in Egypt to learn wisdom and hear the ancient lore. From a very old priest he learned that in the past there had occurred several global catastrophes; in one of them Atlantis was swallowed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean; in another the one which the Greeks associated with Phaethon there was a great conflagration caused by ? a deviation of the bodies that revolve in heaven round the earth.? (1) On his travels, Plato, too, endeavored to learn wisdom from the wise men of the East. But since the time of Solon ? s visit in Egypt that country went through a spiritual debasement and it is questionable whether anyone of the priesterly class there could be counted as a spiritual peer of Ezra, or a worthy teacher of Plato in search of wisdom. Later ...
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... , Marduk combined Jovian volume with Earth-like solidity, how could it have produced large but gracile creatures capable of withstanding its crushing gravitational force? To such crucial questions Sitchin does not even hint at answers. Nor is his terrestrial history much more satisfactory. The Americas do not figure at all in Sitchin's narrative, despite the fact that some of the best evidence for ancient astronautics comes from aerial surveys of the desert near Pisco, Peru. Africa figures solely as a source of metals for Mesopotamians and Europe only to the extent that the Greeks and Romans absorbed Levantine ideas. Even the northern and eastern parts of Asia are slighted. Virtually all of the author's attention is focused on the Fertile Crescent and the Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hebraic cultures that developed in and around it. Anthropologists would call his purview ethnocentric in the extreme; geographers might equally well call it topocentric. And, while historians may accept Sitchin's contention (on p. 16) that terrestrial civilization began in the Near East, prehistorians are unlikely to accept his broader claim (on p. 332 ...
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215. On Prediction in Science [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... over the incident without expressing wonder at Kepler ’ s seeming prescience. As I have shown in Worlds in Collision (“ The Steeds of Mars”) the poets Homer and Virgil knew of the trabants of Mars, visualized as his steeds, named Deimos (Terror) and Phobos (Rout). Kepler referred to the satellites of Mars as being “burning” or “flaming”, the same way the ancients had referred to the steeds of Mars. Ancient lore preserved traditions from the time when Mars, Ares of the Greeks, was followed and preceded by swiftly circling satellites with their blazing manes. “When Mars was very close to the earth, its two trabants were visible. They rushed in front of and around Mars; in the disturbances that took place, they probably snatched some of Mars ’ atmosphere, dispersed as it was, and appeared with gleaming manes” (Worlds in Collision, p. 230). Next, Galileo made the discovery that Venus shows phases, as the Moon does. This time he secured his secret by ...
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216. Letters [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... étranger, voyageur (Weill p. 189) and the same meaning has our Hebrew/Canaanite ? ger ?. Weill wants to bring the XIIth dyn. closer to the XVIII and moves the XII down considerably, though he is less revolutionary with the XVIII, which he moves for 25 years only. Very interesting in R. Weill: Bases, Méthodes et Résultats de la Chronologie Egyptienne, (Original: Paris, 1926) Compléments. 1928 the resistance of the Egyptians to any change in their calendar, according to the Greeks (p. 47 of the ? compléments ?). Last not least: Richard A. Parker: The Calendars of the Ancient Egypt. Chicago, 1950. He comes to the conclusion that prior to the fourth cent. B.C. there is no evidence that any other method than observation was used to begin the month. Very important quotation from H.E. Winlock: The Origin of the Ancient Egyptian Calendar ? Proceedings of the Amer. Philosoph. Society LXXXIII (1940) pp. 447-64) (quoted p. 39 ...
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217. Book Shelf [Aeon Journal $]
... specialists, architects, cartographers, geophysicists, mathematicians, and an imposing array of experts in and out of the sciences to assist in fortifying his case, Hoagland has outlined a veritable complex in Cydonia that he calls "The City." This complex girdles the network of pyramids in an extraordinary mathematical relationship that replicates time and again the ratio of the natural logarithm base to the proportion of a circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. Another proportion within both the city complex and the facial visage encompasses the Golden Section of the Greeks, the ratio of 1:1.6, not to mention equilateral triangulation of the aforementioned tetrahedral figure. Was this the way an extraterrestrial civilization might plan its civic center? Or was it leaving some kind of message for another alien culture? Our own, perhaps? Or what if they had been lost and built their urban complex in a recognizable and decipherable pattern for their possible rescuers? The questions go on and on-- that is if one accepts the provisional premise that what we are shown are indeed artifacts of a ...
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... Jupiter must also have been electrically charged, and the force that allowed Venus to leave Jupiter may have been, quite simply, electrostatic repulsion [Cf. Crew, KRONOS III:1, p.23. If you calculate the voltage Jupiter must have had to make this possible, you arrive at something on the order of 10 19 volts. If Jupiter had this high voltage, it probably has about the same voltage today. This could explain how a solid body is able to float around in its atmosphere.... The Greeks used to say that Athena sprang out of the head of Zeus, which is to be interpreted as a description of the fact that Venus was expelled from Jupiter. Could the red spot mean that Zeus is pregnant again?" Considering his reference to an earlier (1975) "suggestion once made by Jueneman", it is curious that Forshufvud could have forgotten his own.-- LMG \cdrom\pubs\journals\kronos\vol0501\083forum.htm ...
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219. Letter [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... unmistakable. Finally, Dr. Velikovsky compares, step by step, the events described in annals left by Ramses III of his war with the Pereset and the Peoples of the Sea, with the descriptions by Diodorus of Sicily of the details of the war of Nectanebo I against the Persians and the Greek mercenaries. This comparison is made in such meticulous detail that the only logical conclusions are that both were describing the same war; that the Pereset and the Persians were the same people and that Ramses III was the Pharaoh whom the Greeks called ? Nectanebo I.? Incidentally, Dr. Velikovsky, quoting E. Wallis Budge, The Book of Kings (London 1908) Vol. II p. I, points out that one of the ? Horus names ? of Ramses III was Nectanebo (Nekht-a-neb). So much for Tomsen ? s accusations of cabbalistic reasoning and making ? archeology out of anomalies.? The Velikovsky presentation is one of ? correlations painstakingly assembled from a multitude of sciences ? as Thomsen says it should be. If Thomsen had read Peoples ...
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220. The Setting of the Stage [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... of Atreus, king of Mycenae; and legends were told about Atreus and Thyestes, brothers who quarreled over the throne, and about the sign in favor of Atreus that was seen in the sun retracing its course. These legends lived in Greek lore. Another cycle of legends centered on Thebes in Boeotia, and on the Argonaut expedition to Colchis on the Caucasian coast of the Black Sea, which preceded the Trojan War by several decades. The world of these legends, cruel and heroic and treacherous, occupied the fantasy of the Greeks; and Greek tragic poets of the fifth century, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, had an inexhaustible store of themes to draw upon. There is hardly any problem in the entire history of literature that occupies the minds of scholars as much as the origin of the Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey especially the question as to the time of their origin. The Iliad tells of the events of the final stage of the siege of Troy by the host of the Achaeans under Agamemnon, king of Mycenae. The Odyssey ...
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