In lieu of a blog post today, I present a project I have been working on for a few days now. As most of you know, the myth of the fall of the Watchers and the birth of the Giants has been a major influence on fringe history. However, the most influential version of the story was not the original, from the Book of Enoch, but the revised version harmonized with the legendary histories of Babylon and Egypt created by the Egyptian monks Panodorus and Annianus around 400 CE. This version was inherited by the Middle Ages and gave rise to the legends of the pyramids, the mythology of Freemasonry, and the occult traditions of the Hermetic occultists--and through them modern occultism, alternative archaeology, ancient astronaut theories, etc. I have taken all of the references to Annianus' work and collated them into a composite, with extensive notes, reconstructing as best as is possible what Annianus said so we can see in full the story that played such a major role in the development of fringe history claims. Apparently, no one has done this before since modern scholars primarily care about Annianus in terms of his work to establish the date of Jesus' birth, so they don't care much about the Watchers. I don't pretend my reconstruction is definitive, and it is a work in progress, but I think you'll be surprised at how well the many different partial sources dovetail together into an almost coherent epic of the antediluvian world. You can read it here.
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