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Author Topic: King Arthur & The Holy Grail  (Read 3700 times)
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« on: December 18, 2015, 05:08:28 PM »

King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Galahad and Lancelot can be mapped to royal persons, whose interplay dominated court life at the time of the Fall of Rome (to the Goths and Huns) in the 400's AD.

The leading character, King Arthur, mirrors the leading royal figure King Arcadius of the late 4th and early 5th Century.  Arca- and Arthur can both be translated as "Bear".

Guinevere is found in the coveted princess and then dominant queen, Aelia Galla Placidia, daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius. Placidia ("peaceful") and Guinevere ("fair and calm") are quite similar in meaning.

Rome was besieged by Alaric the Goth, who emerges as an ethnic alias of King Arcadius.  Alaric "recuses" Placidia (ala Joshua had Rahab and Alexander had Roxane) and the scenario is much the same.


At the heart of the Grail legend is an encoded truth about royal life.  The worthiest prince was not always able to sire the next successor to the Great Throne.  And even if they were able, other royal males were given the opportunity to produce royal children of their own through . Other royal males had to be given the opportunity to produce royal children with the leading princesses.

Placidia and her brother Honorius had a notorious courtship, which was made controversial due to how closely related the two were.  The name of the character Galahad seems to derive from the Roman family name of Galla/Gallus.  (Galla was also the name of Placidia's mother.)  A notable prince of that same time was also called Constantius Gallus.

The name Lancelot is even more obviously derived from another leading royal male of the day, namely Stilicho. Stilicho means or connotes "(Man) of Steel" or "Little (Man) of Steel". Stilicho is also a variant of the infamous Stiletto ("Little Steel"), today's deadly fashion statement.



See previous posts related to the subject:


From the above posts, it should be clear that the story of Arthur also used the historical figure of "philosopher king" Marcus Aurelius as a precedent.  Aurelius was cuckolded by his ambitious wife Faustina the Younger, who evidently produced an heir by Lucius Verus.  

King Darius III (Prince Oxyathres) was an Arthur figure in his day, and is perhaps even the original source of the name Arthur.

Probably the most famous Arthur in the Bible is Abraham, who was the eldest son of Terah and married to the heiress Sarah, but ultimately ended up "pimping her out" to other royal males.  Abraham not only does not complain about Sarah being taken by other kings, but actually escorts her to the various courts of these rivals until one of them, Abimelech ("father of the king"), finally gets the job done and Sarah becomes pregnant.  Abraham then adopts this son of Abimelech as his very own!  Royal culture didn't really change that much from the time of Abraham to the time Arcadius.  The royal family needed cooperation from dynastic dead ends, but rarely do those "losers" get much credit for being a good sport rather than a spoiled sport.
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