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51. Reflections Of The Persian Wars [The Velikovskian $]
... in that country....Our knowledge of the Sealand depends, therefore, upon texts which originated in other lands. (7) But how can the dominant nation of an area exist, as we are told, for six centuries and not leave a single remnant or document of its existence? This in itself is unimaginable, and leads to the conclusion that the Sealand must have had an origin other than that assigned to it by the historians. Immanuel Velikovsky, in Peoples of the Sea, identified the Sea People as the Greeks. His identification is based on several lines of inquiry and seems very well documented. Thus, if the First Babylonian Dynasty is the Persian Dynasty, it is a reasonable assumption that the Sea Country people are also the Greeks. (8) The Sealand "...politically attained...a broad arena in which its forces developed and found expression....[Thus, it seems necessary to posit a larger area of activity and wider base of operation for the potency exhibited by the Sealand." (9) In ...
52. AUGURY [Quantavolution Website]
... Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TABLE OF CONTENTS KA by H. Crosthwaite CHAPTER ONE AUGURY READERS and students of the literature and histories of the ancient Greeks and Romans are faced immediately with a paradox. The people who did so much to develop rational thought in so many areas of life devoted much time and energy to studies, practices and beliefs which, in the eyes of many educated people today, are irrational and valueless, except in so far as a vivid imagination can be thought helpful for the smooth working of the psyche. I refer to the stories about the origin and deeds of the Olympian gods, the practice of pouring wine and other liquids on the earth (libations) as offerings to powers under the earth, the grotesque business of ceremonially slaughtering animals, especially bulls, goats, stags, pigs and sheep, tinkering with blood and entrails, the attempt to divine the future by consulting specialist prophets, the Pythia or Sibyl sitting on a tripod in an underground shrine, the Roman augurs, and so on. Nor were the ancient ...
53. The Hermes Connection [Aeon Journal $]
... are parallel themes which stress a phlematic darkness, characteristic of the crab-like companion or guardian of Hermes/Mercury, whose form Mercurii Sidus (11) is described as being black and without eyes. Further anthropomorphic overlays have emphasized a morphological duality, making the hermetic apparition somewhat of a male personage although female attributes have also assembled an hermaphroditic image. Moreover, Hermes/Mercury was a messenger of the gods and bearer of tidings, with a syncretic development toward distinctly sexual proclivities as espoused by the Magi of the Medes and the later Greeks, yet tempered with a relationship to birth and death not unlike that of the Hindu Siva (Shiva). A revitalization of the hermetic legends in Egypt was brought to full fruition by Seti the Great of the Tanitic Dynasty-- in the second half of the 7th century B.C., according to the historical reconstruction of Velikovsky. Seti's royal name was taken from the dark god Set, another Saturnian image or avatar, whom Wallis Budge claimed was equated with Hermes/Mercury, (12) although this identification stems from ...
54. The Milky Way [Aeon Journal $]
... is visible as a band of stars some ten degrees wide. (1) What appears to be a white shimmer of light is actually a zone of untold millions of stars, some clustered in large groups, others separated by large expanses of black space. Galileo called it "nothing but a congeries of innumerable stars grouped together in clusters." (2) A popular conception, attested on every inhabited continent, interpreted the celestial band as a large body of water spanning the heavens, typically a great river. To the Greeks it was Eridanus, "Stream of Heaven." (3) In China, as in Japan, it was Tien Ho, the "Sky River." (4) Among the Polynesian Islanders it was known as the "Water of Life." (5) The Inca of South America knew the Milky Way as Mayu, "River." (6) In Africa more than one tribe referred to the Milky Way as yaer dori, "the river of the sky." (7) The ancient ...
55. Apollo and the Planet Mars [Aeon Journal $]
... For Nietzsche the Apollinian force symbolized all that was light, harmonious, and orderly, the form-giving force apparent in the best of Greek architecture and sculpture. The Dionysian force, in contrast, represented that which was dark and wild; epitomized best, perhaps, by the reckless abandon and mystic ecstacy of the Dionysian rites described in Euripedes' Bacchae. The modern conception of Apollo-including scholarly research into the origins of the god's cult-has been much influenced by Nietzsche's analysis. Witness the following assessment of Apollo's cult by W.K. Guthrie in The Greeks and Their Gods: "He is the very embodiment of the Hellenic spirit. Everything that marks off the Greek outlook from that of other peoples, and in particular from the barbarians who surrounded them-beauty of every sort, whether of art, music, poetry or youth, sanity and moderation-are all summed up in Apollo." (1) From such references, one would assume that Apollo generally bore a positive reputation among the ancient Greeks. As one traces the cult of Apollo back in time, however, a completely different ...
56. Did the Sumerians and the Akkadians Ever Exist? [Aeon Journal $]
... What was the origin of the authority of the temples, an authority which was only challenged just before the middle of the first millennium BCE? The reasons for sacrifice, including human sacrifice, to Inanna are not well understood. Riddles: The founders of the advanced culture, known today as the "Sumerians," were unknown to even the most learned scholars of antiquity. For them the Egyptian civilization was older than that of southern Mesopotamia, whose people were called Kasdim, Kaldu, or Chaldaeans by the Hebrews, Assyrians and Greeks respectively. The pyramids, whose construction is today ascribed to the so-called "early bronze age" culture in Egypt, were built of granite, quartz, basalt and diorite, materials that cannot be worked effectively without iron tools. In the earliest consecutive history of Egypt, that of Herodotus, the pyramids are said to have been built late in Egyptian history, after the time of Ramses II. In the excavations at Uruk, the Early Dynastic strata are often found directly underneath the so-called neo-Babylonian levels from the middle of the ...
57. Other LH III Figural Pottery [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... same course as did the 500-year-earlier decorations, evolving directly from the stiffer forms of native Greek ornament which immediately preceded them. 31 Despite the popularity of the notion of a Phoenician link to explain the close similarities of two sets of Aegean vases now dated half a millennium apart, there is still no evidence that the Levant fared any better than did Cyprus or Greece in continuing the LH III artistic tradition until the seventh century. As an alternative to the still-popular hypothesis of survival, other scholars have postulated a native revival, whereby the Greeks of the late eighth-seventh centuries found 500-year-old vases, liked what they saw, and imitated some of the shapes and much of the ornamentation. 32 Such rediscoveries certainly fit the numerous cases where the later Greeks seem to have returned to cities, houses, wells, palaces, tombs and cult places supposedly abandoned for nearly half a millennium. 33 Still, one had to explain why only then, and at no time during the previous 500 years did the Greeks decide to return to those palaces and copy the bygone art. There ...
58. Velikovsky and Oedipus [Aeon Journal $]
... ) Needless to say, Homer's account of Oedipus' patricide cannot be made to apply to Akhnaton, who certainly did not murder Amenhotep III in battle. While it is debatable whether this passage from the Odyssey is older than that from the Iliad, Velikovsky himself concedes that the Odyssey, "was most probably put into writing early in the seventh century before the present era." (14) The question thus arises as to how it was possible for Akhnaton's life to be mythologised, "Hellenized," and adopted by the Greeks in less than two centuries, as according to Velikovsky's reconstruction Akhnaton died c. 850 BCE. Velikovsky's position is further threatened by the fact that Homer's brief references to Oedipus imply that the story was well-known to his readers and understood as occurring at some time before Homer, if not in the remote, mythical past. This too appears to be the general opinion of Greek scholars, as Velikovsky points out: "It is generally accepted that the Oedipus cycle of legends is of greater antiquity than the so called Homeric cycle of ...
59. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... traditions surrounding the respective planets, a second approach would be to investigate the traditions surrounding ancient gods identified with the various celestial bodies in the hope that some astronomical information may have been preserved in the literature surrounding these figures. That the gods were identified with the planets early on is well-known, of course, being a fundamental principle of Babylonian religion. The decisive question is how far back can this conception be traced? The Babylonian practice, in turn, is known to have had a significant influence upon the religion of the ancient Greeks. (63) Given Plato's identification of Aphrodite with the planet Venus, for example, one might compare the Greek traditions surrounding that goddess with Babylonian and/or Mesoamerican traditions associated with the planet Venus. Surprising correspondences crop up even under the most cursory investigation of this sort. Thus Aphrodite was represented as "bearded", as was the planet Venus in early Babylonian omen-literature. (64) Inasmuch as Aphrodite symbolized the very epitome of beauty and womanhood for the ancient Greeks it is difficult to explain her anomalous beard apart ...
60. The Blind Pharaoh [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... all further questioning of Greek chronography, despite the warning of Plutarch in the beginning of his biography of the Roman lawgiver Numa: To be correct about the chronology [of Numa is difficult, and especially what is deduced from the Olympic victors, whose register they say that Hippias of Elis published late, starting from nothing really trustworthy.[13 So the modern dating of the earliest Olympic athletic games from the year -776 may be merely a petrified mistake. The proper date, in my opinion, is -746, soon after the Greeks beheld the heavens, more exactly, Venus and Mars, sustaining a new tranquillity, and decided to celebrate the peace with their favorite juvenile vanities. If we grant that the thirty-third year of King Uziah was the same as the third year of the Pharaoh Osorkon II, then we arrive at the following dates for the dynasty to which Osorkon belonged, counting backward from the date of the deluge: -749 Osorkon II ascended the throne in Bubastis -763 Takelot I became king of Mizraim -803 Osorkon I became pharaoh -824 Shoshenk the libyan ...
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