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211. Thoth Vol. II, No. 14 Sept 15, 1998 [Thoth Website]
... of Velikovsky's most brilliant passages is that> in which he cites the famous scene in the _Iliad_> where Ares and Athene fight on the battleground> before Troy. Athene, says Velikovsky, is the planet> Venus, and Ares the planet Mars. Here is an allegory> of a great cosmological drama of the eighth century> B.C., when, as Velikovsky believes, these two planets> nearly collided in space. The myth seems decisive> evidence for his beliefs. But, on looking more> closely at Homer, we see that this incident is one of> several that occurred in a scene where various gods> and goddesses were depicted as lining up against each> other. In another part of this sequence Athene> trounces Artemis, a goddess of the earth; in yet> another Apollo, the sun god, contemplates a trial of> strength with Poseidon, god of the sea. What great> cosmological events are referred to in these lines of> Homer? Velikovsky does not say; he does not refer to> ...
212. H. H. Hess and My Memoranda [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... , both of whom were entrusted by me with the script of my Forum Lecture soon after its delivery. They wrote a joint letter to Science, which published it in the December 21, 1962 issue, concurrent with the yearly convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, publisher of Science. It almost coincided with the first reports of Mariner II, which had passed its rendezvous with Venus a week earlier, on December 14. The high temperature of Venus was confirmed. This last announcement was made by Dr. Homer Newell for NASA in February, 1963. The presence of hydrocarbons in the clouds surrounding Venus was also announced as confirmed — this on the basis of the work of Dr. L. D. Kaplan (Jet Propulsion Laboratory): only compounds containing the radical CH (polymerized) could lend to the 15-mile thick cloud the same properties at the -25 F temperature at the top of the cloud and at the +200 F temperature at the bottom of the cloud separated by 45 kilometers of lower atmosphere from the sizzlingly hot ground ...
213. Velikovsky and His Heroes [SIS C&C Review $]
... suffering from into an insignificant cosmic context. And, as the discoverer of E= mc^2, the spiritual father of the Manhattan Project that his 1939 letter to President Roosevelt helped to launch, Einstein too, as progenitor of the atom bomb brought down a literal fire from heaven upon the bloodstained Earth. Assyrian soldiers torturing prisoners- from an 8th/7th century relief of uncertain provenance. The final section of Velikovsky's Ages in Chaos series has yet to be published. Originally entitled, revealingly, The Age of Isaiah and Homer, it grew into two sections, The Assyrian Conquest, and Dark Ages of Greece, from which considerable extracts have been published over the last decade. It is curious that even when Velikovsky finally overcame his reluctance to publish Peoples of the Sea and Ramses II, he still held back this volume, the volume which was needed to complete his reconstruction. Critics of his reconstruction, who have found grist for their mills, from Ramses II in particular, might anticipate further problems. Neither Peoples nor Ramses matches up to Ages ...
214. Samson Revealed [Aeon Journal $]
... , for example, offered the following observation: "The pillars of Heracles at one end of the Mediterraneanimply the belief that the sky rests upon solid and tangible supports." (49) Indeed, Philostratus reported that Heracles' pillars supported heaven. (50) In the Western World, the theme of the World Pillar is most familiar in the traditions surrounding Atlas. Of him, Aeschylus wrote: "He in the far western ways stands bearing on his shoulders the mighty pillar of earth and sky." (51) Homer knew Atlas as "that scanner of the depths of all the sea and upholder of the tall pillars that keep heaven and earth apart." (52) Hesiod wrote of Atlas that he "supports the broad sky of mighty necessity at the edge of the earth near the clear-voiced Hesperides, supporting it with his head and wearying hands." (53) That Heracles was held to have once assumed the burden of Atlas points to his intimate connection with ancient conceptions of the World Pillar. (54) So, too ...
215. LIVING WITH ELECTRICITY [Quantavolution Website]
... would have known, and headgear. The object in the sky described as a seething pot was probably responsible for the design of tripod cauldrons, and possibly some pottery designs as well. The staring eyes seen in some statuettes may be inspired by celestial phenomena, and the owl both looked and sounded divine. The patron goddess of potters was Athene, and her name may appear in the atanuvium, or athanuvium, an earthen bowl used in sacrificial rites by Roman priests, and may be the same as the Greek attanon. In Homer, beauty is something external which is poured over a person or thing. Athene pours charis over the head and shoulders of Telemachus, like a smith overlaying silver with gold (Odyssey VI: 235). It is interesting to compare the Hebrew hedher, splendour, ornament, with Greek hedra, seat or throne, and Latin hedera, ivy. A study of art provides additional evidence for the thesis that there was a common electrical technology throughout the Mediterranean world. Egyptian reliefs showing the electrical arrangements round statues of gods are ...
216. RECOLLECTIONS OF A FALLEN SKY - VELIKOVSKY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA : CHAPTER : [Quantavolution Website]
... . gala. mountain Etr. mal Cf. Gk. mallos, Lat. mallus, lock of wool. mummy Eg. sahu. murmur Heb. haghah. Cf. Gk. hagios, and hagnos, holy. Muses Gk. Pierides (from Mt. Pieros in Thessaly). Cf. Heb. pe'er, head-dress, turban, chaplet. N A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z nail Gk. helos, nail, in Homer is only for ornament. A sceptre has golden nails, as does a sword. Zelos, envy, may be Set's nail; cf. phthonos, envy, in the Timaeus. Arizelos, conspicuous, of the rays of a star (Iliad, XIII:244), has the prefn 'ari' which may be 'ar', fire. When Zeus turns a snake into stone, he makes it 'arizelon'. (Illiad II:318). name Heb. shem. Gk. sema= sign, mark ...
217. "Worlds in Collision": Reviews and Reviewers [Aeon Journal $]
... must feel much flattered at finding themselves in company so distinguished!" Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin resumed her crusade with an eight-page book review in the June Popular Astronomy: "A work can scarcely be dignified by the name of science that displays ignorance of the scientific method and inability to handle the scientific vocabulary." And as a work of history, Worlds in Collision fared scarcely better. While Latourette had complained that Velikovsky had ignored the latest experts, Gaposchkin chastised Velikovsky for neglecting the oldest ones. Instead of relying on the Old Testament, Homer and Hesiod, Velikovsky preferred to employ rabbinical and patristic sources, and Ovid and Apollonius Rhodius. "One might as well turn to 'Paradise Lost' for a factual account of the Creation. The more primitive sources lend his ideas little weight." Gaposchkin's Harvard colleague, Donald Menzel, published in Physics Today (July) an addendum to Velikovsky's scholarship, pointing to evidence that Velikovsky had somehow missed. For example, Menzel recalled the famous "year of the hot winter" when Paul Bunyan was logging in Utah. It ...
218. The Greek Colonisation Movement - When and Why? [SIS C&C Review $]
... . 411-464 10. L. Bernardo Brea: Sicily Before the Greeks, (London, 1966), p. 130. For more on Sicily, Troy and the Greek 'Dark Age', see J. N. Sammer: 'Sicily, Carthage, and the Fall of Troy', Kronos VIII:2 (1983), pp. 11ff 11. E. Macnamara et al.: The Bronze Hoard from S. Maria in Paulis, Sardinia (BM Occasional Paper 45, 1984), p. 17 12. Homer: The Odyssey XIV 222, (W. Shewring trans.) 13. Odyssey IX, 39-42 14. N. K. Sandars: The Sea Peoples, (London, 1978), p. 143 15. J. Boardman: The Greeks Overseas, (London, 1980), pp. 35-6 16. J. V. Luce: Homer and the Heroic Age, (London, 1975), p. 54 17. D. Page: 'The Historical Sack of Troy' in Antiquity 33, ( ...
219. Tarshish [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... professes not to be absolutely certain about this identification. Cf. D. Harden, The Phoenicians (London, 1962), p. 160. P. Bosch-Gimpera considers it very doubtful: Zephyrus 13 (1952), p. 15; La nouvelle Clio 3 (1951). G. Conteneau, La civilization phénicienne (Paris, 1949), p. 235; Bérard, L ? expansion et la colonization qrecques jusqu ? au guerres médiques (Paris, 1960) p. 129; H. L. Lorimer, Homer and the Monuments (London, 1950), pp. 65ff. On Tarsus see also J. Boardman in Journal of Hellenic Studies 85 (1965), pp. 16ff. Cf. U. Täckholm in Opuscula romana 5 (1965), pp. 143ff. and W. Culican, The First Merchant Ventures (London, 1966), pp. 77ff. Garcia y Bellido, Bosch-Gimpera and Conteneau, cited above. Conteneau, La civilization phénicienne. Albright, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 83 ( ...
... elements-- passion, envy, violence, illicit love, family hatred and betrayal, sex, rape, incest, death and destruction-- which are found in Greek myth. The resemblances between the two bodies of narrative, in general and in particular, are quite striking; and it has indeed been observed by many that the soap operas constitute today's closest equivalent to Greek myth.(12) Velikovsky has argued in Worlds in Collision that segments of Greek myth, particularly certain events of the Trojan War as depicted by Homer, are the product of a racial knowledge of worldwide physical catastrophe.(13) He says the social, political, and atmospheric disorders in the myths represent the planetary disorders observed in the heavens and their effects on Earth. If, therefore, there is a strong similarity of event and appeal between ancient Greek myth and modern soap opera, then may we not apply Velikovsky's judgement here as well, and say that the elements of passion, violence, betrayal and so forth to be found in the television genre may likewise ...
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