Ancient Greek Herodotus

or Researching Ancient History while Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras Sunday 12 July 2020 at 8:12 pm

Ancient Greek Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος 484 BC – 425 BC, the Father of History

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by Nataša Pantović

History as Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras

In 1943, the Nobel wining novelist Herman Hesse published his novel The Glass Bead Game, Das Glasperlenspiel, set in a monastic society that develops minds by studying and playing the glass bead game. One would master philosophy and literature, and then focus on mathematics and music to be able to play the Game. Both mathematics and music are with us since the time of Pythagoras. History is like playing the Hesse's glass bead game with Pythagoras...

Mathematics is described as the science of pattern and music as the of pattern, both using meditation within the process of contemplation developing own language of .

The Ancient Greek Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος 484 BC – 425 BC (H-R-DATOS) as his name suggests was a King's historian, the one who collects data for the King or the Priest. It is hard to believe that a family would have given such a name to a child. (“Statistcians” you shall be, so we shall name you H-R-DaToS).

Fragment from the Herodotus Histories Papyrus 200 AC

Fragment from the Herodotus Histories Papyrus 200 AC

Aristotle refers to a version of The Histories written by "Herodotus of Thurium," and some passages in the Histories have been interpreted as proof that he wrote about southern Italy from his personal experience there. Of course, researching life and work of a person who has lived 2,500 years ago, everything about him or his work, but his writings, is a guess work used often in history to manipulate our minds to like or dislike a Ruler or a Nation, or a Political Party.

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Derveni Papyrus and Orphism

Metamorphoses Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 12:38 pm

Derveni Papyrus about Orphism and Ancient Greek s

Esoteric teachings of Golden Citizens of Ancient Greece

Learning from , and ancient by Natasa Pantovic

Metamorphoses. Transformation. A journey of a passing through Gaia, but also an epic poem in fifteen books written 2,000 years ago, by the Roman poet Ovid, completed in 8 AC inspired by the Ancient Greek Theogony Θεογονία “Birth of the Gods” attributed to Hesiod 700 BC, and the Derveni 500 BC.

Derveni-papyrus oldest ancient greek BC

The Oldest Greek Papyrus 500 BC Derveni Papyrus

The poet's writings are based on already fully established Ancient Greek manuscript tradition. Re-writing myths, the creation story, Ovid begins by describing how the elements emerge out of chaos, and how mankind degenerates from the Gold Age to the Silver Age to the Age of Iron. This is followed by an attempt by the giants (Titans) to seize the heavens, at which the God Jove sends a great flood which destroys all living things except one couple, Deucalion and Pyrrha.

The Metamorphoses, as a collection of myths is influenced by an earlier Greek work called the Theogony Θεογονία “Birth of the Gods” attributed to Hesiod 700 BC. It is a long narrative poem compiling Ancient Greek myths. Hesiod describes how the gods were created, their struggles with each other, and the nature of their divine rule. In the Theogony, the origin (arche / aRČe) is Chaos, a primordial condition, a gaping void (abyss), with the beginnings and the ends of the earth, sky, sea, gods, mankind. Symbolically associated with water, it is the source, origin, or root of things that exist. Then came Gaia (Earth), Tartarus (the cave like space under the earth), and Eros, who becomes the creator of the world.

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Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Learning from Rudolf Steiner about Easter and Ancient Greek Moon Goddess Monday 27 April 2020 at 10:07 am

Esoteric teachings of Golden Citizens of Ancient Greece

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Ancient Greek Myth and Artemis as the twin sister of Apollo

In Greek myth, Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo (Sun), a virgin huntress, the Greek goddess of the Moon, named Diana in Rome. On the coins she rests either arm on a staff formed of entwined serpents.

Alexander the Great and Arisotle with Artemis

At Ephesus, Turkey, we find remains of an Artemis (Ἄρτεμις ) Temple destroyed the very same day when Alexander the Great was born. When asked why wasn't she able to protect her own home, the temple in Ephesus, that was burnt by madmen in 356 BC, she said that she was in Pella, the capital of Macedonia (near Thessaloniki), assisting at Olympius and Philip son's birth. The Temple was so impressive that it was together with Egyptian pyramids listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

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Minoan Snake Goddess Figurine 1600 BC Knossos, Crete

An inscription dating 300 BC, associates Ephesian Artemis with Crete: "To the Healer of diseases, to Apollo, Giver of Light to mortals, Eutyches has set up in votive offering [a statue of] the Cretan Lady of Ephesus, the Light-Bearer."

Rudolf Steiner in his Ephesian Mysteries Lecture meditates that the "two Initiates of the Ephesian Mysteries were reincarnated in Aristotle and in Alexander. And these Individualities then came near what was still to be felt of these things in their time in the Mysteries of Samothrace."

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Ankh

Ancient Egyptian sign Ankh, its Symbolism and Meanings Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 10:58 am

The Ankh

Symbols and Signs by Nataša Pantović

Ankh, loved and despised by many, have you ever wondered why... An ancient Egyptian often drawn by our wise ancestors was the symbol used by priests and priestesses to represent resurrection and the holy spirit. Often interpreted as the word for "life", it traveled across the sees to many ancient civilizations and as the sign was used in the artwork of the Minoan civilization in Crete (Ancient Greece). Even the writing that Minoans used resembles ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

 

Anch comparison of Minoan and Egyptian symbols 2500 BC

Anch Comparison Egyptian with Minoan Hieroglyphs 2500 BC

The ankh continued to be used after the Christianization of Egypt during the 400 AD. The sign was used by early Christians as a monogram for Jesus.

 

Ancient Egyptian Ankh symbols Crux ansata signs on a piece of cloth 400 AC

Ancient Script Anch as the Monogram for Jesus, 400 AC

The Minoans of ancient Greece in Crete, were one of the world’s first great civilizations,. The Egyptians, across the sea had a rich, ancient culture that undoubtedly influenced all who encountered it.

Minoans were the first Europeans to use writing, their artists were supreme, and they traded widely with surrounding areas, building numerous palace complexes in the center of each of their city states. Minoan society was largely matrimonial, and this woman worship was also a part of their religious practices. Worshiping goddess they did not use temples, instead, they had rituals in grottoes and caves.

Egyptian merchants (2500 BC) made written note of their exchanges with the Minoans, with details of the trades.

In Crete, too we find evidence of Egyptian influence. They share a belief in afterlife and, in the requirement of living a just life to attain life after death. 

The bull is at the center of Minoan religion.

The ankh was taken from the Egypt and integrated into their own sacred rituals and burial rites in worship of and .

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The Art of Dying Well from Jung to Egypt to Malta

Saturday 25 January 2020 at 2:53 pm

The Art of Dying, Jung about Psyche, Dreams and Death

Ancient Worlds Rituals Symbols and Signs by Nataša Pantović

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Sleeping Lady from Hypogeum Malta Temples 3,500 BC, Was Malta the island of Atlantis

death is an important interest, especially to an aging person. A categorical question is being put to him, and he is under an obligation to answer it. To this end he ought to have a myth about death, for reason shows him nothing but the dark pit into which he is descending. Myth, however, can conjure up other images for him, helpful and enriching pictures of life in the land of the dead. If he believes in them, or greats them with some measure of credence, he is being just as right or just as wrong as someone who does not believe in them. But while the man who despairs marches toward nothingness, the one who has placed his faith in the archetype follows the tracks of life and lives right into his death. Both, to be sure, remain in uncertainty, but the one lives against his instincts, the other with them.

Jung (1959) about Archetype, the myth of Dying

Answering the question why the focus on death, Jung replies: “Not to have done so is a vital loss. For the question … is the age-old heritage of humanity: an archetype, rich in secret life, which seeks to add itself to our own individual life in order to make it whole.” 

Older we get, more profound is our relationship with our psyche, or . Jung translates the Greek “pistis”, the New Testament “faith” as “trust”, emphasising the importance of developing the trust in the psyche, trusting the of the psyche’s timings, using the dream work to develop a relationship with the Self. Tending dreams, and acting on their guidance, respecting intuitions and synchronicities, one gains confidence to face the death. 

The Tibetans have elaborated the “art” of dying well, within their ancient text: the Tibetan book of Living and Dying.

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