I've enoyed your recent posts over at the Caesar's Messiah site. Also Helge's there. Ron has made some very inspired posts at the "Waste of Time" site as well. He has earned his new moniker, Agamemron. I prefer to leave those sleeping dogs at the "Waste of Time" alone, but Agamemron boldly goes where angels fear to tread.
Troy emerges as a metaphor for the "Great Throne" and the wars fought over it. It is one place, it is many places, it is all places.
We know where the pharaohs were buried. Now we also know that the early figures of Classical Greece and Rome were associated with the pharaohs. However there was a rebellion in the West from the main line of kings after Cyrus II and Darius. In Roman memory it was one Sextus that screwed the royal pooch Lucretia, so to speak, and caused the loss of the West. Sextus seems to represent Xerxes, in whose time Greece and Rome successfully broke away.
It's interesting that Hippias son of Peisistratos went over to Xerxes and attempted to reclaim Athens with Persian support. Hippias was supposedly in his 80's when he returned to Greece for the last time. (This is an indication that this time period should be compressed slightly. Hippias likely died in his 60's rather than 80's.)
The claim of the Roman Piso family to descent from the pharaohs was no idle boast. All the leading families of Rome and Greece came from the pharaohs. There was no other origin of aristocratic status. What more, a tyrant like Megakles became father of Cleisthenes (Clausus?), champion of democracy. But this is not as ironic as it first appears. Democracy was itself born out of a conflict between two tyrants for power over Athens. Cleisthenes was losing that battle with Hippias and resorted to popular measures to gain the upper hand.
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