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Mad, Bad, and Deadly: Power in the Hands of Infamous Roman Emperors
Friday June 1, 2018 10:30am EST
by Robert Fabbri
Mad, Bad, and Deadly:  Power in the Hands of Infamous Roman Emperors

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Hedonistic, debauched, corrupt, sadistic and cruel would describe the 1st-Century Roman Emperors Caligula and Nero.  Both men became rulers of the largest empire in the world in their late teens and neither could manage to keep that power under control. 

Caligula proclaimed himself to be a god, and as a god he could take life at a whim as he pleased, and he did. He turned his palace into a brothel, bedded his sisters and prostituted them. He squandered taxes and would expect Romans to commit suicide and bequeath their estates to the Emperor. 

Nero also practiced omnipotence over life and death.  He divorced his wife and handed her head as a gift to his second. He would use humans as torches at banquets and fornicate with the wives of his senators.

Last man standing after political and literal bloodshed, Vespasian came to power. He possessed a different morality than we would expect in the 21st century; He had the wisdom and survival skills to become a “hero forged in the flames of battle.” Was Vespasian able to bring sanity back to Rome?

Robert Fabbri is the acclaimed author of the Vespasian novels series, and with his outstanding detailed research he manages to create the world of the godlike emperors, when life was at peril of the whims of immature, power crazy, incompetent young men, whose egos were more fragile than a leaf in the wind. Robert joins Ancient Origins Premium for an eye-opening In-Depth Interview.

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Robert Fabbri was born in Geneva in 1961. He read Drama and Theatre at London University and worked in film and TV for 25 years as an assistant director. He has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games, and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history inspired him to write the Vespasian series. He writes in his study in Berlin surrounded by research books, a load of Historical Fiction, as well as his 3,500 hand-painted lead soldiers. He lives in London and Berlin.  The Vespasian series covers the life of the Roman soldier turned Emperor.  Vespasian survived the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero and commissioned the Colosseum to be built.  Robert Fabbri is also the creator of The Crossroads Brotherhood Trilogy, giving an insight into the life of organized crime and protection in 1st century Rome and the trials and tribulations of Marcus Salvius Magnus, Vespasian’s unofficial bodyguard and friend.   |  Visit RobertFabbri.com

 

 

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African Traditional Healer: The Art of Peacemaking
Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am EST
by Mandaza Kandemwa
African Traditional Healer: The Art of Peacemaking

Mandaza carries the honorary title of Peacemaker. He will talk of what that means, how that is rooted in African tradition (many people these days have heard about the principle of Ubuntu which is a Peacemaking principle) and how this can be applied in our lives. Through dreams and visions Peacemakers reconnect with compassion, love, truth and freedom and justice. A spirit may come in many forms, in the form of a buffalo, tree, rock or an ancient ancestor. A healer will be guided in a dream by a spirit to select and find medicine and how to prepare it to heal.

We belong to both Spirit world and Human world. Peacemakers set out to heal the colonization wounds of the world.  Not just have countries been colonized, but so have earth resources like water, too. Mother Earth knows no borders. Indigenous cultures of the world need to be revisited and reunite in the Spirit of Oneness. Traditional Healers are the custodians of this knowledge. Mandaza believes that Jesus, Buddha, and Martin Luther King were all messengers of the message of healing peace.

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Mandaza Kandemwa is a spirit-medium and medicine-man from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He was born a svikiro – a carrier of many earth and water spirits. He is a mhondoro, a Lion Shaman, one who is constantly in prayer on behalf of others. He was initiated through the tradition of the njuzu, the Water Spirits.

As a vessel of the Spirits, Mandaza receives visions and dreams, makes offerings, performs healing rituals, and serves as a messenger for the Ancient Ones. He carries with him in his heart the African spiritual tradition of healing and peacemaking. He is known internationally for his loving presence and for his preservation of the old ways. Like the Water Spirits he carries, Mandaza flows between the worlds, moving easily between the worlds of religion and the secular, the traditional and the modern, the industrial and the earth ways, all that is sacred and profane. Mandaza works from home and travels internationally, offering teachings and healing counsel to groups and individuals of all backgrounds and cultures. He teaches to become "living prayers" in service of the One Spirit that exists in all things.

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The Gesture of Sight – The Splendor of Prehistoric Rock Art
Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00pm EST
by Renaud Ego
The Gesture of Sight – The Splendor of Prehistoric Rock Art

What desire led to the birth of this art?

The discovery of prehistoric paintings was accompanied by the very powerful feeling of attending an apparition. This enchantment culminated with the cave of Lascaux in France, but the dazzling that continues to envelop the paintings leaves on our eyes a case, similar to a blind spot, which has not yet dissipated. It is true that the prehistorians have focused their attention, not on this innovative gesture of making the world visible in the form of figures, but on the supposed uses of these first images: to be a decorative pastime or an attempt to inflect the success of hunting by "sympathetic magic"; to represent a mythology, made of pairs of animals embodying a sexual conception of the world or else to be a shamanic ritual of religious contact. But the question of the genesis of the drawing remains intact and, all surrounded by images, we have lost sight of the fact that this invention is a prodigious leap of thought. To synthesize a form or a living being in a few strokes that capture their appearance is an intellectual operation of crazy significance. What could be the desire, so patiently pursued, that led to the birth of this art? From the thought that has risen to the drawing, can we resume the journey? The gesture of the glance is the hypothesis of its routing towards the figure.

“Southern Africa is rich in Neolithic rock paintings and engravings rarely seen, and more rarely shown. Unpublished, these images testify to the splendor of an art of several thousand years, preserving intact the mystery that brought their authors to drawing.”

To celebrate the life-size exhibition of the French Lascaux Cave in South Africa, renown rock art specialist Renaud Ego will be joining us for a discussion on South African Rock Art.

A one-of-a-kind partnership between the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.  Opening 17 May 2018 at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg.

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Poet, writer, critic of art and literature, Renaud Ego is a French writer living and working in Paris. He is active in the field of literature, especially in poetry, and in art studies, and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Renaud Ego is a recognized specialist on the rock art of South Africa and has written two essays on Southern African rock art. Ego published Sanin 2000 which he continued to explore with another book, L’animal voyant. All of them are richly illustrated. L’animal voyant, under the title ‘Visionary animal’ will be published in 2018 in English. It deals with the birth of Paleolithic art in Europe.  He is also the introducer in France of the Swedish poet Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer, whose works he prefaced (Gallimard, 2004).

 


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Origins of the Gods - Sumerian Cuneiform Texts Deciphered
Saturday March 24, 2018 10:15am EST
by Edmund Marriage
In-Depth Interview with Edmund Marriage

In the Golden Age of Man, universal peace reigned.

Christian O’Brien was the one person who, before he died in 2001, mastered the translation skills required to understand the archaic Sumerian cuneiform writing.  Deciphering Sumerian texts from the Nippur Temple Library, in his books The Genius of the Few and The Shining Ones, O’Brien presented secular insight into the Sumerian version of the Garden of Eden and the senior Anannage: An, Enlil, Enki and Ninkharsag. The Sumerians recorded their secular history for us, and attributed all their advanced knowledge, including astronomy, mathematics, standard units of measurement worldwide, domesticated crops and animals, and more to their Gods— identified as the Elohim, Shining Ones, Archangels, Angels and Watchers.  They even identified the location of Eden, where Enlil had his home in 9500 BC, and where his wife Ninkharsag, (also known as the angel Gabriel), was the guardian of the garden, with her seven archangels, at the settlement of the Anannage.

Edmund Marriage, founder of The Golden Age Project, will be delving into the origin of the Gods, untainted by religious dogma.

Edmund Marriage is the Principal of the Patrick Foundation, an Independent Researcher with a background in Investment Management, Business and Land Management. He qualified as a Chartered Land Agent (CLAS)and as an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (ARICS) at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester and Wye College, London University.

His extensive historical research has revealed a single advanced, secular benevolent source for all religions. His Golden Age Project, inspired by the work of Christian and Barbara Joy O’Brien, promotes the recovery of past knowledge in order to resolve many of today's problems. He believes that re-establishing high standards of training and knowledge for all important roles, forms a priority in establishing good government and successful social organization and cohesion. Edmund’s Learning form History series of Presentations and Broadcasts attract an audience of over 100,000.

The Golden Age Project  | Learning From History Videos and Presentations

The Genius Of The Few, by Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien


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Aliens in the Ancient Mind: Early Ideas About Extraterrestrial Life
Tuesday February 20, 2018 6:15pm EST
by Ron Miller
Aliens in the Ancient Mind: Early Ideas About Extraterrestrial Life

What did beings from other planets look like?

When Galileo’s observations of the solar system became widely known, people started wondering if these other worlds were like our own. Did life exist on them? Did people live there? The Church finally decided that such speculation was not blasphemous. As the truth of the plurality of worlds became accepted, it was assumed that God would never knowingly create a world for no reason and that other planets meant other beings. Right?

Early astronomers began to question whether other worlds were like our own and speculated what the beings were like – as we continue to do today! Explore their ideas and the history regarding life outside our planet with author and illustrator Ron Miller.

Ron Miller - Ancient Origins PremiumRon Miller is an illustrator and author living in South Boston, Virginia. Before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1977, Miller was art director for the National Air & Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. Prior to this he was a commercial advertising illustrator. His primary work today entails the writing and illustration of books specializing in astronomical, astronautical and science fiction subjects. To date he has more than fifty titles to his credit. His work has also appeared in National Geographic, Astronomy, Scientific American, Science et Vie, Air & Space, Sky & Telescope, Natural History, Discover, Geo, etc.

Miller's books include the Hugo-nominated The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, In the Stream of Stars, and The History of Earth. Miller is a contributing editor for Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a Life Member and a Fellow and past Trustee of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts.


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Myths and Megaliths in the Boyne Valley
Saturday January 20, 2018 3:15pm EST
by Anthony Murphy
Myths and Megaliths in the Boyne Valley

What magical myths and legends danced among the great stones in ages past?

The great 5,000-year-old megalithic passage-tombs of Brú na Bóinne in the Boyne Valley represent the zenith of a phase of Irish prehistory that began with the introduction of farming around 6,000 years ago.

Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth are huge, enigmatic structures, that are the finest examples of a type of monument that is found scattered throughout Ireland, and of which there may be as many as 1,500 examples. None can compare to these three, though, in terms of size, grandeur, and their illustrious prominence in the ancient myths!

Explore with journalist, author and astronomer Anthony Murphy; covering the ancient myths and megaliths of these phenomenal sites in the Boyne Valley.

Anthony Murphy is a journalist, author, amateur photographer and astronomer. He has been writing since an early age, and has studied the astronomy, archaeology and mythology of the Boyne Valley monuments for more than 15 years. A former newspaper editor, he lives just five miles from Newgrange. Mythical Ireland – New Light on the Ancient Past| MythicalIreland.com


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The Birth of Christmas: How Ancient Cultures Shaped Our Holiday
Wednesday December 20, 2017 3:15pm EST
by Ashley Cowie
The Birth of Christmas: How Ancient Cultures Shaped Our Holiday | In-Depth Interview with Ashley Cowie

Are you reenacting ancient rituals each year? History says yes! At Christmas time, why do we decorate a tree? Why do we eat certain foods? Is this Pagan? How far back does this all go?

As you celebrate Christmas, explore with Scottish historian, author, and documentary filmmaker Ashley Cowie the truly ancient origins of Christmas, food rituals, and religious traditions, as he explains why the beliefs of ancient cultures determine much of what we celebrate and eat today.

Always compelling, and sometimes controversial, history reveals that Christmas has deep roots in the ancient world. Tune in to Ancient Origins Premium for this In-Depth Interview with Ashley Cowie.

Seeking Answers? Want to know about the hidden – and sometimes obvious— Pagan/Christmas connections? Submit your questions for our interviewer to put forward to Ashley!

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General Sun Tzu? He never existed.
Thursday November 9, 2017 4:00pm EST
by David G. Jones
General Sun Tzu? He never existed.

Most book stores around the world contain the so-called "Art of War" by the alleged "General" Sun Tzu. But David Jones’ research suggests neither appellation is correct. Read Art of War and look for the details for an army at war and you will not find them; No weapons, no supply lines, no wounded or dead or medical arrangements, no horses or vehicles for transport. There are continuous admonitions against losing control and getting yourself in a conflict situation. And despite the text stating over and over that the dumbest thing one can do is to attack a walled city, Art of War readers are absolutely convinced that the text says this means such assaults are not desirable—but always the last option!

Jones’ two decades of study brings a different interpretation. Reading Art of War (actually, the name is Bing-fa, meaning Art of Diplomacy) Jones sees instructions written by masters of strategic management for achieving results without conflict. It is, therefore, a peace methodology. And Jones further argues that this methodology played a dramatic and dynamic role in ending the 200 year Warring States period, and in founding the first empire of China under Qin Shi Huang.

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David G. Jones  B.A.,M.A. is a retired government executive and university teacher. Fellow of the University of King's College, he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and holds an officer's commission in the Canadian Army. He has been studying the origins of the Chinese empire for two decades, and is author of The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War.


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Haunted by The Past: Folklore and the Supernatural
Monday October 30, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Jeremy Harte
Haunted by The Past: Folklore and the Supernatural

Approaching Halloween, when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest…

Ghosts are a mystery, but not necessarily one that will be solved by more and more ghost stories. We need to ask new questions. But how, exactly, do you explain a ghost?

At one time, you asked what torment made it return from the grave, then freed it from walking the earth through justice or prayer. Now, the inner anguish has been transferred to the living, and ghosts appear in answer to our needs, not theirs. They return from the scary historical past, which we thought we had exorcised with modern living. How much more comfortable we would feel if these shadow people could be reduced to paranormal phenomena – as natural as mirages, and no more threatening!

But still they come, trailing their stories of passion, vengeance, rage and despair. Perhaps we should ask more of the story and less of the ghost. This talk will look at the twilight boundary between parapsychology and folkloristics.

Folklorist and Museum Curator Jeremy Harte joins AO Premium for a Talk to an Expert Chat on the precipice of Halloween, in the ‘eerie season’ when it is said the veil between the natural and supernatural world is at its thinnest.

Jeremy Harte is a researcher into folklore and archaeology, with a particular interest in landscape legends and tales of encounters with other worlds. His book Explore Fairy Traditions won the Katharine Briggs award of the Folklore Society, and his other publications include Cuckoo Pounds and Singing Barrows, and The Green Man. In 2006 he was elected to the Committee of the Folklore Society and has since then organized the Society’s Legendary Weekends. Since the foundation of the journal Time & Mind, he has been Reviews Editor. He is curator of Bourne Hall Museum in Surrey.

“We are not alone. In the shadows of our countryside there lives a fairy race, older than humans, and not necessarily friendly to them.”  Explore Fairy Traditions


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An Age of Heroes: Tracing the Sea Peoples Through Ancient Mythology
Tuesday October 3, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Petros Koutoupis
An Age of Heroes: Tracing the Sea Peoples Through Ancient Mythology

You are invited on a journey to our distant past.

A time of myth. An age of heroes. When demigods battled monsters of legend. But how much of it was legend?

Author and researcher Petros Koutoupis joins AO Premium for his premiere Talk to an Expert Chat, and will look at ancient mythology, and ancient truths.

More specifically, were Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid inspired by true events? Is there a historical record of such adventurous seafaring occurring from the time of the end of the Trojan War? What do we know about the authors of these epics and the rest of the Trojan Cycle and how have the stories evolved with each telling?

What hidden wisdom is preserved in these narratives?

Petros Koutoupis is an author and an independent historical researcher, focusing predominantly on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age periods of the Eastern Mediterranean and general Near East. Fluent in modern Greek, Petros has additional knowledge in languages that include ancient and Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and a good fundamental understanding of Aramaic, Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Akkadian. He has always relied on the original sources for interpreting some of our most misunderstood historical and mythological texts.

Petros is author of Biblical Origins: An Adopted Legacy   

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