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... in mythology and I join Peter James in dismissing it. But James' adamancy on the balance of the equation remains to be dissolved. It lets him turn around and accept Augustine's comment that Aphrodite won the Judgment of Paris about which goddess should represent Venus (the golden apple), "but as usual Venus wins. For the overwhelming majority give the star to Venus." [24 Is it not once more likely that Aphrodite won the star of Venus, that is, the planet that attended the Aphrodisian Moon? The Greeks, he insists, regularly applied the name Aphrodite to the planet Venus, and addressed prayers to that body as the planet associated with her. They could not really be thinking of the Moon in all of this. If Velikovsky and de Grazia are right, then Lucian of Samosata, Ptolemy, Aristotle, Plotinus, Diordorus Siculus, Manetho, Sappho, Bion, the Emperor Julian, Nonnus,... and... the ancient Greeks were all wrong. My list of debatable sources here is perhaps as long ...
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22. Metron [Kronos $]
... radical statement of all Greek thought is Protagoras' "Man is the measure of all things". Werner Jaeger observes that Plato's philosophy could be summed up in one sentence, intended as a reply to Protagoras: "God is the measure of all things." These two thinkers disagreed on the metaphysical foundations of measurement, but they agreed on the proposition that measure is the ultimate reality, since the claim of God or man to be the ultimate reality depends on their connection with measure. It is important to know how the Greeks operated empirically in the matter of measurements. The Greeks had a scientific system of measures connecting length, volume, and weight. This system was not their invention, but was developed in Mesopotamia before the origin of writing, before 3000 B.C. All units of length, volume, and weight can be derived by a few simple arithmetical rules from a single lineal standard, the so-called Egyptian foot of 300 mm. This is proved through an extensive survey of the archaeological and written evidence for the Near East and Europe, including ...
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23. Cadmus [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... still written today. Cadmus, the legendary hero who came to Greece from Phoenicia and founded Thebes in Boeotia, is credited with the introduction of the Hebrew or ? Phoenician ? alphabet to the Greek language; in its Hellenized early form the alphabet is called Cadmeian. As Herodotus tells the story, The Phoenicians who came with Cadmus... introduced into Greece, after their settlement in the country, a number of accomplishments, of which the most important was writing, an art till then, I think, unknown to the Greeks. At first they used the same characters as all the other Phoenicians, but as time went on, and they changed their language, they also changed the shape of their letters. At that period most of the Greeks in the neighborhood were Ionians; they were taught these letters by the Phoenicians and adopted them, with a few alterations, for their own use, continuing to refer to them as the Phoenician characters as was only right, as the Phoenicians had introduced them. 2 However, Cadmus, the founder of ...
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24. TRIPOD CAULDRONS [Quantavolution Website]
... Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: TABLE OF CONTENTS KA by H. Crosthwaite CHAPTER NINE TRIPOD CAULDRONS IF put up into the air, a tripod cauldron resembles the popular idea of a comet. It also looks like the seething pot of Old Testament Jeremiah I: 13. I suggest that the Greeks linked the god in the ground with the god in the sky. There was a copper cauldron on the roof of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, and another at Delos. Is there any evidence to support this theory? By simple metathesis, such as occurs with the Greek 'kratos' and 'kartos', we get 'stephanos', crown, and 'setphanos', Set revealing or shining. The Egyptian god Set was well known to the Greeks. He killed Osiris; the Greeks equated him with Typhon. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that the tripod and cauldron, with a crown of fire, were an attempt to represent, and to establish communication with a god in the sky, elsewhere described as a seething pot facing north, and ...
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25. The First Greeks in Egypt [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... The First Greeks in Egypt When upon the death of Necho Assurbanipal reconquered Egypt he re-established the system of numerous vice-kings, who ? came to meet me and kissed my feet.? We are informed by Assurbanipal that this governmental organization was discontinued a few years later, when one of the vice-kings took all the power to himself, accomplishing this with the help of the soldiers who arrived in Egypt from Sardis on the Aegean shore of Asia Minor. Gyges was at that time king of Sardis in Lydia. At first Gyges sent messengers to Assurbanipal: ? Guggu (Gyges), king of Lydia, a district of the other side of the sea, a distant place, whose name the kings, my fathers, had not heard, he dispatched his messengers to bring greetings to me.? (1) But after a few years, Gyges ceased to ally himself with Assurbanipal. ? His messengers, whom he kept sending to me to bring greetings, he discontinued.? According to Assurbanipal, Gyges sent his forces to the aid of the king ...
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... of Odysseus, shortly before the latter's homecoming in Ithaca. Therefore, we would add ten years to Nestor and ten years of life also to his palace. It could not have been destroyed when the city of Troy was. Supposing Pylos to have been consumed by an atmospheric disaster, and Troy VIIA by the same (for it was indeed incinerated), it is possible still then that the end of Troy VI, which was wrecked by earthquake, might have marked the end of the Trojan War and the departure of the Greeks. We recall two stories of the war: Poseidon battered down the famous Achaean defensive wall near the sea after the Achaeans departed; further, the breech in the Trojan Wall was made to admit the Trojan Horse, which may have been the symbol of Horse-Tamer Poseidon, whose tides swept over all barriers like charging steeds. If such were the case, Pylos and Troy VIIa would go down in -687, along with pitiable Phaeacia. Troy VI would go down eleven years before. And the War of Pylos involving Hercules, ...
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27. Planetary Worship [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... were those associated with planets. And while mythology may not be exclusively concerned with planetary matters, the greater part of its corpus most certainly is. Facts can neither be uniformitarian nor catastrophic. In this respect, uniformitarian thought has no role to play. Even the most uniformitarian of mythologists, like Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechend, and Elmer Suhr, have conceded as much. Their interpretations may very well be limited by uniformitarian thought, but the fact that mythology is cosmic in origin did not escape them. The ancient Greeks deified all of the heavenly bodies of the Solar System that are visible to the naked eye. Aristotle wrote: "A tradition has been handed down by the ancient thinkers of very early times... to the effect that these heavenly bodies [the planets are gods..."(5) And it is the major deities of their pantheon that the Greeks identified as the planets. In THE BOOK OF THE SECRETS OF ENOCH, a Graeco-Jewish work from the intertestamental period, the names of the planets are given ...
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... expansion directly followed the earlier founding of cities on the coasts of Sicily, Italy, Anatolia and the Levant by the Achaeans, thus avoiding the requirement of a two phase colonisation hypothesis. Current thinking on the reasons for the colonisation movement "Many parts of the Greek world seem to have suffered from the eighth century onwards from overpopulation, attested to indirectly by the considerable increase in the size and numbers of settlements revealed by archaeology." [1 In this statement from Austin and Vidal-Naquet we have the major explanation as to why the Greeks decided to settle on foreign shores in the 8th to 6th centuries BC. The scenario was developed on the following basic lines. Approximately 100 years after the Trojan War (c. 1250 BC), the Mycenaean Bronze Age came to a rather sudden end (during the century 1200 to 1100) and Greece plunged headlong into a dark age. Sometime in this historical void there may have been a movement of peoples, known by the later Greek writers as the Dorians, into the Peloponnese but the effect of this movement is ...
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... were built and destroyed during the LH IIIB period (i.e., the 13th century according to the accepted chronology) (57). Uncovered within the debris of these houses were a number of tablets inscribed in Greek "by no, less than six hands" in the Late Helladic syllabary known as Linear B. These, along with more examples from Mycenae and other Late Helladic sites, convinced A. J. B. Wace, the excavator, that, during the Late Bronze Age, literacy was fairly widespread among the Greeks. "It is hard to believe that when the Mycenaeans had reached so comparatively high a standard of literacy they should have ceased entirely to read and write after the end of the Bronze Age and before the adoption of the Phoenician alphabet" (58). "It is incredible that a people as intelligent as the Greeks should have forgotten how to read and write once they had learned how to do so" (59). As incredible as it was for this renowned archaeologist to accept, "the iron fact remains ...
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30. Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Review Vol 1 No 5 (Summer 1977) Home¦ Issue Contents FORUM Letters Venus: Whose Baby? I was particularly interested in the articles on Aphrodite by PETER JAMES. I have some comments which may be of interest- all of them, unfortunately, muddying the situation rather than clearing it. First of all, both Aphrodite and Athene are very ancient goddesses- both much older than the Greeks, and older than the time (ca. 1500 BC) when Velikovsky says that Venus first appeared. Rose (Handbook of Greek Mythology, p. 122) states that Aphrodite was very ancient and her cult was not Greek. Athene is also pre-Greek according to W. K. C. Guthrie (The Greeks and their Gods, p.107). Another fascinating, but little-known datum is that Athena may have originated from the water, just as Aphrodite did. In several places Athene is referred to as a child of the water (G. W. Cox: Mythology of the Aryan Nations, p. 257), a ...
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