If September couldn’t get worse, we’re also getting new episodes of Ancient Aliens.
Then, if you’d like to have more fun, there’s always illustrating my new book, Jason and the Argonauts. Several key pieces of Greek art are held in major museums, which control access to these pieces and demand extortionate rates to reproduce photographs of the art: anywhere from $200 to $2,000 per photograph—for art whose copyrights expired before there was any such thing as copyright. And of course my publisher requires the author to bear the burden of buying images. A few photos at those prices and the book will never make a dime. So, on top of everything, I have been drawing out copies of Greek art to avoid shelling out still more cash.
But enough about me. In reviewing some references for Jason, I found a bizarre nineteenth century idea that is the complete reverse of the claim that the Minoans came to North America for copper, as Ignatius Donnelly thought. In 1884, William Stephens Blacket took the opposite view. As part of his argument that the zodiac was in fact a celestial map leading to Atlantis, which was America, he mistakenly thought that the civilization of South America predated all world civilization, and that Peru was the center of world culture from which all megalithic architecture diffused. (Compare this to modern claims for Tiwanaku in Bolivia as Atlantis.)
Minos has a second wife, one Pasiphae: and it is this marriage which links ancient Peru to Assyria, and shews that the people of South America must have migrated into ancient Persia. This is seen in the myth of Æetes, who is "king of Colchis, son of Sol and Perseis, daughter of Oceanus. Æetes was father of Medea, Absyrtus, and Chalcione, by Idya, one of the Oceanides." Pasiphae has the same parents as Æetes: so that this family must represent great histories and migrations by which the two hemispheres must have been joined in consanguinity and history. With these observations the myth of Pasiphae may be understood.
Of course, any one who reads stories of this sort without thought, or as poetry or natural phenomena, reads this "cunningly devised fable" or rather myth,—laughs or blushes, and goes on to the next page. But to any one who sees in them the great histories of the human race,—concealed, misunderstood, and made ridiculous, this tradition is full of historical significance.
But wait until you hear what Blacket thinks the myth really means:
In this myth, Pasiphae takes a fancy for the Bull. Nobody in his senses can suppose it to be a natural bull. All the myths in the Greek Lexicon are to be interpreted by the pictorial map [i.e., the zodiac] that belongs to them. In this case, the bull is portraiture for Assyria. It is Taurus Major. In the Ptolemaic sphere, only the head and shoulders are drawn; but in the Coptic sphere, there is the entire animal. When Pasiphae takes a fancy for the bull, she takes a fancy for Assyria, and she and her husband's people forsake their Oceanic home and link their fortunes with the great nationalities of the Orient.
Yes, he thinks Greek mythology is nothing but misunderstood astrology and garbled accounts of statues. Graham Hancock should get on that; astrological speculation was half of Fingerprints of the Gods, after all.
The details of the group of classic myths that have been brought together for the understanding of the tradition of the Minotaur, lead to the inference that the ancient Peruvians and the Inca's court must have been a migratory and aggressive people. They must not only have conquered many of the countries that lie along the coast of the Pacific Ocean: they must have sent out colonies into Asia. The territory of the Inca must have contributed very early in history, to the formation of the very important Empires of Irania. Those Empires must owe some of their greatness to South America. To acquire, therefore, a just conception of the remote histories which laid the basis of Assyrian, and Babylonian, and Median greatness, America must be brought within the scope of events which led to the birth, and subsequently to the histories of the five Great Monarchies.