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Tartarians/Barbarians The Conquerors and Reverse Engineers Da vinci to Tesla

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_biological_warfare Black Death biological warfare "During the Middle Ages, victims of the bubonic plague were used for biological attacks, often by flinging fomites such as infected corpses and excrement over castle walls using catapults." 

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance "Renaissance" is a French word meaning "rebirth". The period is called by this name because at that time, people started taking an interest in the learning of ancient times, in particular the learning of Ancient Greece and Rome. The Renaissance was seen as a "rebirth" of that learning. https://collections.mfa.org/objects/106003

1 Maccabees 3:48

“And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.”

"Barbarians — a word that today often refers to uncivilized people or evil people and their evil deeds —originated in ancient Greece, and it initially only referred to people who were from out of town or did not speak Greek. Today, the meaning of the word is far removed from its original Greek roots."

Jeremiah 1:14 “Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.”

Hyborian: The iconic race of Conan’s world, Hyborians are a diverse race descended from a tribe of northern barbarians which destroyed an ancient empire.

Reverse engineering "the reproduction of another manufacturer's product following detailed examination of its construction or composition." 

"For example in 1652 Tartary appears to have control over the North America. The official history is hiding a major world power which existed as late as the 19th century. Tartary was a country with its own flag, its own government and its own place on the map." 

"The Papal Bull "Inter Caetera," issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493, played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World. The document supported Spain's strategy to ensure its exclusive right to the lands discovered by Columbus the previous year." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeB0drkOHk8 

"European colonies purchased indigenous people as slaves as part of the international indigenous American slave trade, which lasted from the late 15th century into the 19th century." 

Pg. 3 The speech of Henry Berry, (of Jefferson,) in the House of Delegates of Virginia, on the abolition of slavery
"We have, as far as possible closed every avenue by which light might enter their mind; we have only to go one step further — to extinguish the capacity to see the light, and our work would be completed; they would then be reduced to the level of the beasts of the field, and we should be safe; and I am not certain that we would not do it, if we could find out the necessary process"

Psalms 83 "They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee"

"In Greek mythology, Tartarus (/ˈtɑːrtərəs/; Ancient Greek: Τάρταρος, Tartaros) is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans."
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    List of important events of the Renaissance

    In architecture

    In science and technology

    In thinking

    (See illustration above: Raphael's "School of Athens")

    • Early 1300s, Petrarch publishes writings based on Classical writers and St. Augustine's writing.
    • Mid 1400s, the Humanist Academy begun, to discuss Ancient writings and modern ideas, patronised by the Medici family.
    • 1511, Desiderius Erasmus publishes In Praise of Folly in which he showed that a lot of people in the church did not live holy lives.
    • 1532, The Prince by Machiavelli is published, showing that people who wish to have political power often do wicked things to get it.

    In exploration


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    In writing

    In religionIn art
    The rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica began in the Renaissance.
    Leonardo da Vinci's study of the human head
    Main article: Renaissance art
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    "In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets."

    MEXICO CITY—In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors arrived in Cholula, one of the largest cities in central Mexico. Roughly 50 miles southeast from modern day Mexico City, its tens of thousands of residents sat in the shadows of the 17,000 foot Popocatépetl volcano. It had a temple featuring more stairs, claimed one Spaniard, than the main pyramid in Tenochtitlan. The Spanish tore it down, and rebuilt Cholula in the same fashion they did across Mexico—replacing “demon-worshipping” sites with Catholic ones.

    That also meant a hermit’s shrine on top of a large hill called Tlachihualtepetl had to go. But the hill itself was in fact, no hill. Its name translates to “man-made mountain” and inside it was the largest pyramid remaining in the Americas, and by some estimates the largest monument ever constructed by man. But its secrets as one of the most important religious sites in Mesoamerica would remain hidden for 400 years—and is still being uncovered today.

    “It’s the most difficult archaeological site in all of Mexico. Bar none.” That’s Patricia Plunket Nagoda, the American-born archaeologist and anthropologist who has spent the past few decades working with Mexican anthropologist Gabriela Uruñuela at the Great Pyramid to unlock its less than forthcoming secrets.

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    "Egyptology began when the scholars accompanying Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt (1798–1801) published Description de l'Égypte (1809–28), which made large quantities of source material about ancient Egypt available to Europeans."




    Emerald Tablets of Thoth

    "Builded I the Great Pyramid,
    patterned after the pyramid of Earth force,
    burning eternally so that it, too,
    might remain through the ages.

    In it, I builded my knowledge of "Magic-Science"
    so that I might be here when again I return from Amenti,
    Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti,
    my Soul roaming free will incarnate,
    dwell among men in this form or another."

    "1802, Humphry Davy invented the first electric light. He experimented with electricity and invented an electric battery. When he connected wires to his battery and a piece of carbon, the carbon glowed, producing light. His invention was known as the Electric Arc lamp. And while it produced light, it didn’t produce it for long and was much too bright for practical use.

    Over the next seven decades, other inventors also created “light bulbs” but no designs emerged for commerical application. More notably, in 1840, British scientist Warren de la Rue enclosed a coiled platinum filament in a vacuum tube and passed an electric current through it. The design was based on the concept that the high melting point of platinum would allow it to operate at high temperatures and that the evacuated chamber would contain fewer gas molecules to react with the platinum, improving its longevity. Although an efficient design, the cost of the platinum made it impractical for commercial production."

    "The Significance of the Colorado Springs Site Concerning the Colorado research site itself, and also the precise nature of Tesla’s experiments, a great deal has already been written by others, and need not be repeated here. Rather, in building upon some of the information provided so far by other researchers, it will be the intention of the present author to add just one more piece to the puzzle, upon the very specific issue of why he chose to set up his transmitting station precisely where he did in Colorado Springs.

    From what is known of the actual historical location of the site – for indeed it does not in fact stand today; being torn down shortly after Tesla left to pay off various debts – it is well documented that it stood approximately 1 mile to the east of downtown, on Knob Hill"

    Knob Hill

    To

    Manitou Cliff Dwellings 8.8 Miles

    The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of relocated Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and museums located just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado
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    "With all the above noted, one is thus bound to ask then at this point, just what is the connection between the work of Nikola Tesla in attempting to build a research station capable of transmitting power, and the Great Pyramid of Egypt?

    The answer is to be had from a most notable harmonic association between the pure latitude positions of both sites. One that links the placement of the Great Pyramid and its associated Earth tropical year connection, to the very spot chosen by Tesla for his own power plant, and does so via the well noted progression of the ancient Babylonian Sexagesimal System. It is a simple connection, but one that is highly suggestive; and indicative of the fact that he had a very special reason for choosing the Knob Hill site that is not readily recognised: he needed to position his power plant on such a latitude as gave him a favourable energetic arc length displacement from the equator of the Earth."


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    Ecclesiastes 1:9

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_mythology
    A recorded drawing of a folklore motif-based karakoa, a type of indigenous ship that was faster than Western-made galleons. The usage of karakoas declined due to Spanish persecution.
    A portrayal of the gold-draped nobility social class from the Boxer Codex, c. 1595. Majority of gold reserves in the country were eventually ransacked by the Spanish, melted, and taken to Europe.
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    Can someone show me pictures of the inside of all these pyramids around the world other than the ones in Egypt?

    To the north of Las Monjas is a cockeyed, round building on a large square platform. It's nicknamed El Caracol ("the snail") because of the stone spiral staircase inside. The structure with its unusual placement on the platform and its round shape (the others are rectangular, in keeping with Maya practice), is theorized to have been a proto-observatory with doors and windows aligned to astronomical events, specifically around the path of Venus as it traverses the heavens.
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    "Ole J. Benedictow describes how he calculated that the Black Death killed 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe's entire population. The disastrous mortal disease known as the Black Death spread across Europe in the years 1346-53."


    "German (probably Strasbourg, Alsace)
    about 1440"
    "Series of scenes (left to right), wild men attacking Moors in castle"

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    "One of the finest examples was probably used as a curtain and is decorated with a dark-skinned piper (on the right) and figures of dancers, warriors and men on horseback in Greek style"
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbian_exchange

    "The Columbian exchange, also known as the Columbian interchange, named for Christopher Columbus, was the widespread transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, technology, diseases, and ideas between the Americas, West Africa, and the Old World in the 15th and 16th centuries. It also relates to European colonization and trade following Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage. Invasive species, including communicable diseases, were a byproduct of the exchange.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_disease_and_epidemics

    "Many Native American tribes experienced great depopulation, averaging 25–50 percent of the tribes' members lost to disease. Additionally, smaller tribes neared extinction after facing a severely destructive spread of disease. The significant toll that this took is expounded upon in the article Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas. A specific example was Cortes' invasion of Mexico. Before his arrival, the Mexican population is estimated to have been around 25 to 30 million. Fifty years later, the Mexican population was reduced to 3 million, mainly by infectious disease. This shows the main effect of the arrival of Europeans in the new world. With no natural immunity against these pathogens, Native Americans died in huge numbers. Yale historian David Brion Davis describes this as "the greatest genocide in the history of man. Yet it's increasingly clear that most of the carnage had nothing to do with European barbarism. The worst of the suffering was caused not by swords or guns but by germs." By 1700, less than five thousand Native Americans remained in the southeastern coastal region. In Florida alone, there were seven hundred thousand Native Americans in 1520, but by 1700 the number was around 2000. In summer 1639, a smallpox epidemic struck the Huron natives in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes regions. The disease had reached the Huron tribes through traders returning from Québec and remained in the region throughout the winter. When the epidemic was over, the Huron population had been reduced to roughly 9000 people, about half of what it had been before 1634. The Iroquois people faced similar losses.

    The colonization of the Americas by Europeans killed so much of the indigenous population that it resulted in climate change and global cooling."

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    The Mongol Empire established commercial and political connections between the Eastern and Western areas of the world, through the most mobile army ever seen. The armies, composed of the most rapidly moving travelers who had ever moved between the steppes of East Asia (where bubonic plague was and remains endemic among small rodents), managed to keep the chain of infection without a break until they reached, and infected, peoples and rodents who had never encountered it. The ensuing Black Death may have killed up to 25 million in China and roughly a third of the population of Europe and in the next decades, changing the course of Asian and European history. During the Middle Ages, victims of the bubonic plague were used for biological attacks, often by flinging fomites such as infected corpses and excrement over castle walls using catapults. In 1346, during the siege of Caffa (now Feodossia, Crimea) the attacking Tartar Forces which were subjugated by the Mongol empire under Genghis Khan, used the bodies of Mongol warriors of the Golden Horde who had died of plague, as weapons. An outbreak of plague followed and the defending forces retreated, followed by the conquest of the city by the Mongols. It has been speculated that this operation may have been responsible for the advent of the Black Death in Europe. At the time, the attackers thought that the stench was enough to kill them, though it was the disease that was deadly.

    Australian aborigines (Kooris) have always maintained that the British deliberately spread smallpox in 1789, but this possibility has only been raised by historians from the 1980s when Dr Noel Butlin suggested; “there are some possibilities that ... disease could have been used deliberately as an exterminating agent”.

    In 1997, David Day claimed there “remains considerable circumstantial evidence to suggest that officers other than Phillip, or perhaps convicts or soldiers … deliberately spread smallpox among aborigines” and in 2000 Dr John Lambert argued that “strong circumstantial evidence suggests the smallpox epidemic which ravaged Aborigines in 1789, may have resulted from deliberate infection
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    Isaiah 14:2

    "And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors."
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    "A scene of the Mahabharata in an Angkor Wat stone relief: Two asuras, the brothers Sunda and Upasunda, fight over the possession of the beautiful apsara Tilottama. Some ancient Cambodian local legends were influenced by the Hindu epics."
    "Hindu Vedic scriptures provide the earliest known evidence of dreadlocks. Locks are worn in India by Sadhus or Holy men. The Nagas are ascetics and followers of the god Shiva. They wear their Jaata (locks) above their head and let them down only for special occasions and rituals. Jaata means twisted locks of hair. Indian holy men and women regard locks as sacred, considered to be a religious practice and an expression for their disregard of vanity"

    "Over half of surviving Ancient Greek kouroi sculptures (from c. 615 – 485 BC) are found wearing dreadlocks."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadlocks#/media/File:NAMA_Akrotiri_2.jpg
    "Young boxers with long dreadlocks depicted on a fresco from Akrotiri (modern Santorini, Greece) 1600–1500 BCE"
    Akrotiri Minoan town
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    "The novel is an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang who traveled to the "Western Regions", that is, Central Asia and India, to obtain Buddhist sacred texts (sūtras) and returned after many trials and much suffering. It retains the broad outline of Xuanzang's own account, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, but the Ming dynasty novel adds elements from folk tales and the author's invention, that is, that Gautama Buddha gave this task to the monk (referred to as Tang Sanzang in the novel) and provided him with three protectors who agree to help him as an atonement for their sins. These disciples are Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing, together with a dragon prince who acts as Tang Sanzang's steed, a white horse.

    Journey to the West has strong roots in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, Confucianist, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas are still reflective of some Chinese religious attitudes today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a humorous satire of Chinese bureaucracy, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment by the power and virtue of cooperation"

    "The novel Journey to the West was based on historical events. Xuanzang (602–664) was a monk at Jingtu Temple in late-Sui dynasty and early-Tang dynasty Chang'an. Motivated by the poor quality of Chinese translations of Buddhist scripture at the time, Xuanzang left Chang'an in 629, in defiance of Emperor Taizong of Tang's ban on travel. Helped by sympathetic Buddhists, he traveled via Gansu and Qinghai to Kumul (Hami), thence following the Tian Shan mountains to Turpan. He then crossed what are today Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan, into Gandhara, reaching India in 630. Xuanzang traveled throughout the Indian subcontinent for the next thirteen years, visiting important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, studying at the ancient university at Nalanda, and debating the rivals of Buddhism.

    Xuanzang left India in 643 and arrived back in Chang'an in 646. Although he had defied the imperial travel ban when he left, Xuanzang received a warm welcome from Emperor Taizong upon his return. The emperor provided money and support for Xuanzang's projects. He joined Da Ci'en Monastery (Monastery of Great Maternal Grace), where he led the building of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to store the scriptures and icons he had brought back from India. He recorded his journey in the book Great Tang Records on the Western Regions. With the support of the emperor, he established an institute at Yuhua Gong (Palace of the Lustre of Jade) monastery dedicated to translating the scriptures he had brought back. His translation and commentary work established him as the founder of the Dharma character school of Buddhism"
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    "The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military installation and defensive bunker located in unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado, next to the city of Colorado Springs"
    • WarGames (1983) is set partly at the command center. In the Terminator series, it was used as the installation site for Skynet. In Independence Day (1996), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), aliens destroy the installation.
    • In games, Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (2001) uses the complex for cryogenic stasis after a nuclear war, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 uses video footage of the base.
    • In novels, the bunker is destroyed in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), and is also referred to as being destroyed during the 'Final War' of nearly a millennium earlier in the Honorverse, is infiltrated in For Special Services (1982), and serves as the seat of government for the United States after the alien invasion in Footfall (1985). It is an early command center for the human resistance in L. Ron Hubbard's novel, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (1982). The bunker is the site of a biosphere that houses the main characters during an apocalyptic alien invasion in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Orbs series.
    • In television, Stargate SG-1 Stargate Command is located at Cheyenne Mountain. There is now a broom closet in the real Cheyenne Mountain Complex called "Stargate Command". The bunker is also a setting in the series Jeremiah. Episode 7 of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA features the Cheyenne Mountain Complex being controlled by the Earth Federation. In an episode of South Park season 4, episode 12, "Trapper Keeper" sets off to Cheyenne Mountain to absorb the secret military base's computer. The original air date was November 15, 2000.
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    "Fast we fled toward the sun of the morning,
    until beneath us lay the land of the children of KHEM.
    Raging, they came with cudgels and spears,
    lifted in anger seeking to slay and utterly destroy the Sons of Atlantis.

    Then raised I my staff and directed a ray of vibration,
    striking them still in their tracks as fragments
    of stone of the mountain."

    "Few there would be with courage to dare it,
    few pass the portal to dark Amenti.
    Raised over the passage, I, a mighty pyramid,
    using the power that overcomes Earth force (gravity).
    Deep and yet deeper place I a force-house or chamber;
    from it carved I a circular passage
    reaching almost to the great summit.

    There in the apex, set I the crystal,
    sending the ray into the "Time-Space,"
    drawing the force from out of the ether,
    concentrating upon the gateway to Amenti.

    Other chambers I built and left vacant to all seeming,
    yet hidden within them are the keys to Amenti.
    He who in courage would dare the dark realms,
    let him be purified first by long fasting."
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_of_Solomon

    "The legend of the Seal of Solomon was developed primarily by medieval Arabic writers, who related that the ring was engraved by HAWA and was given to the king directly from heaven. The ring was made from brass and iron, and the two parts were used to seal written commands to good and evil spirits, respectively. In one tale, a demon, either Asmodeus, or Sakhr, obtained possession of the ring and ruled in Solomon's stead for forty days. In a variant of the tale of the ring of Polycrates from Herodotus, the demon eventually threw the ring into the sea, where it was swallowed by a fish, caught by a fisherman, and served to Solomon."

    "In Islamic eschatology, the Beast of the Earth is equipped with both the Staff of Moses and the Seal of Solomon and uses the latter to stamp the nose of the unbelievers."
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    This is a great topic, it reminded me of Assassin's Creed :)
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    "The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves
    Along with the Capitol and other iconic buildings in Washington, D.C"

    “Slaves were likely involved in all aspects of construction, including carpentry, masonry, carting, rafting, plastering, glazing and painting, the task force reported,” Lane writes. “And slaves appear to have shouldered alone the grueling work of sawing logs and stones.”

    "THIS SANDSTONE WAS ORIGINALLY PART OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL’S EAST FRONT, CONSTRUCTED IN 18-24-1826. IT WAS QUARRIED BY LABORERS, INCLUDING ENSLAVED AFRICAN AMERICANS, AND COMMEMORATES THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE IN BUILDING THE CAPITOL."
    "One of the most significant contributions by an African American slave was made by Philip Reid, who deciphered the puzzle of how to separate the five-piece plaster model of the Statue of Freedom. Today, he and countless others are recognized for the role they played in building this monumental and historic symbol of democracy." 

    "Striking example of this famous portrait of Montezuma, the last king of the Aztecs.

    Montezuma is shown in full war dress, with a picture of part of modern Mexico City behind him. The portrait is from John Ogilby's Complete History of America, one of the most influential works of the 17th Century. A gorgeous example."

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    "A poor, off-color reproduction of Holy-grail-round-table-ms-fr-112-3-f5r-1470-detail"
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    The blog MedievalPoC points out that Morien has been largely forgotten or white-washed in modern depictions of the round table. But early texts describe him pretty clearly as not-white. The blog quotes from the translated saga of Morien:

    He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…

    Had they not heard him call upon God no man had dared face him, deeming that he was the devil or one of his fellows out of hell, for that his steed was so great, and he was taller even than Sir Lancelot, and black withal, as I said afore…

    When the Moor heard these words he laughed with heart and mouth (his teeth were white as chalk, otherwise was he altogether black)…


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    An image of Bladud attempting to fly with his artificial wings (from the Lyte Pedigree of 1605. British Library Catalog entry Add. Ms. 48343)

    Legend

    According to the final form of the legend, Bladud was sent by his father to be educated in the liberal arts in Athens. After his father's death he returned, with four philosophers, and founded a university at Stamford in Lincolnshire, which flourished until it was suppressed by Saint Augustine of Canterbury on account of heresies which were taught there. Supposedly he ruled for twenty years from 863 or perhaps 500, in which time he built Kaerbadum or Caervaddon (Bath), creating the hot springs there by the use of magic. He dedicated the city to the goddess Athena or Minerva, and in honour of her lit undying fires, whose flames turned to balls of stone as they grew low, with new ones springing up in their stead: an embellishment of an account from the fourth-century writer Solinus of the use of local coal on the altars of her temple.

    Leprosy

    He is said to have founded the city because while he was in Athens he contracted leprosy, and when he returned home he was imprisoned as a result, but escaped and went far off to go into hiding. He found employment as a swineherd at Swainswick, about two miles from the later site of Bath, and noticed that his pigs would go into an alder-moor in cold weather and return covered in black mud. He found that the mud was warm, and that they did it to enjoy the heat. He also noticed that the pigs which did this did not suffer from skin diseases as others did, and on trying the mud bath himself found that he was cured of his leprosy. He was then restored to his position as heir-apparent to his father, and founded Bath so that others might also benefit as he had done.

    Necromancy

    The statue of King Bladud overlooking the King's Bath at Bath carries the date of 1699, but its inclusion in earlier pictures shows that it is much older than this.

    The tale claims that he also encouraged the practice of necromancy, or divination through the spirits of the dead. Through this practice, he is said to have constructed wings for himself and to have tried to fly to (or from) the temple of Apollo in Trinovantum (London) or Troja Nova (New Troy), but to have been killed when he hit a wall, or to have fallen and been dashed to pieces or broken his neck. He was supposedly buried at New Troy and succeeded by his son, Leir. Eighteenth century Bath architect John Wood, the Elder wrote about Bladud, and put forth the fanciful suggestion that he should be identified with Abaris the Hyperborean, the healer known from Classical Greek sources.

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    "In Greek mythology, Abaris the Hyperborean (Ancient Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος Abaris Hyperboreios), son of Seuthes, was a legendary sage, healer, and priest of Apollo known to the Ancient Greeks. He was supposed to have learned his skills in his homeland of Hyperborea, which he fled during a plague. He was said to be endowed with the gift of prophecy, and by this as well as by his Scythian dress and simplicity and honesty he created great sensation in Greece, and was held in high esteem."

    Phalaris

    "A particularly rich trove of anecdotes is found in Iamblichus's Vita Pythagorica. Here, Abaris is said to have purified Sparta and Knossos, among other cities, from plagues (VP 92–93). Abaris also appears in a climactic scene alongside Pythagoras at the court of the Sicilian tyrant Phalaris. The two sages discuss divine matters, and urge the obstinate tyrant towards virtue"

    "Phalaris was entrusted with the building of the temple of Zeus Atabyrius in the citadel and took advantage of his position to make himself despot. Under his rule, Agrigentum seemed to have attained considerable prosperity. He supplied the city with water, adorned it with fine buildings, and strengthened it with walls. On the northern coast of the island, the people of Himera elected him general with absolute power, in spite of the warnings of the poet Stesichorus. According to the Suda he succeeded in making himself master of the whole of the island. He was at last overthrown in a general uprising headed by Telemachus, the ancestor of Theron of Acragas (tyrant c. 488–472 BC), and burned in his own brazen bull.

    Phalaris was renowned for his excessive cruelty. Among his alleged atrocities is cannibalism: he was said to have eaten suckling babies"




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