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Pythagoras: A Life Beyond Math and Science

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:08

Pythagoras is perhaps the most famous figure in the group of ancient Greek philosophers known as the Pre-Socratics. This is largely due to the Pythagorean Theorem, a mathematical theorem that is still widely used today. Apart from being a mathematician, Pythagoras was also an influential thinker in other areas. For example, he made important contributions to religion during his life as well. These aspects of Pythagoras, however, are much less well-known, and have been overshadowed by his mathematical teachings.

Mixed Stories on Pythagoras’ Personal Life

Pythagoras is believed to have been born around 570 BC, and spent his early life on Samos, a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea. His father was Mnesarchus, a gem merchant, and his mother was a woman by the name of Pythais. Pythagoras had two or three brothers as well.

The nature of Pythagoras’ family life is debated. Some historians claim that he was married to a woman named Theano, had a daughter named Damo, and a son named Telauges. Others claimed that Theano was Pythagoras’ student, not his wife. There is also a belief that the ancient Greek philosopher was never married and had no children.

Bust of Pythagoras – Roman copy of the Greek original. Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy. (CC BY SA 3.0)

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Famous Sacred Historic Oak Destroyed by Fire in the UK

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:40

In England a sacred historic oak has been reduced to a burnt stump after it was engulfed by fire. This tree was a local landmark and it was venerated by people from all over the world. This sacred historic oak was also important in the rituals of modern pagans and modern druids.

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Catherine of Valois: Political Pawn, Dowager Queen and Life in the Shadows

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 07:56

Catherine of Valois was a French princess who lived during the 15th century. Catherine is an important female figure in medieval English history, being the wife of one English king, and the mother of another. 

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Bronze Age Sexism In Horses May or May Not Extend to Human Society!

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:55

A team of French researchers studying horse DNA dated to between 40,000 BC and 700 AD claim that when horses were first domesticated there was no sex preference but by 1,900 BC stallions outnumbered mares 3 to 1.

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Genetic Analysis Shows Early Contact Between South Americans and Polynesians

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:59

New evidence is emerging about the links between Polynesian and South American populations in the Pacific before the arrival of the Europeans. The theory that South Americans first colonized Easter Island, and other islands, was often considered to be faintly ridiculous.

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Human Origins According to Ancient Greek Mythology

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:40

Every culture has an explanation about how we got here. The ancient Greeks were no different. The dramatic story of the origins of humanity in Greek mythology involves love, pain, and a hefty dose of violent fighting between divine family members.

Variations of the creation story of Greek mythology can be found within many ancient texts. The most complete example is Theogony by the Greek poet Hesiod, who lived around the 8th century BC. His work combines all ancient Greek myths and traditions up to his time.

In Greek Mythology, Everything Began with Chaos

According to Theogony, in the beginning only chaos and void existed throughout the entire universe. It is worth noting here that the Greek word chaos does not have the same meaning as it holds today - it simply meant ‘empty space or a dark void.’

Chaos was followed by Gaia (which means earth) and Eros (which is love). It is not specified if Gaia and Eros were born from Chaos or whether they were pre-existing; however, Hesiod mentions that Gaia came into existence in order to become the home of the gods. This is similar to other ancient myths, such as the Sumerian creation myth, which describes how Earth was initially created as a dwelling for the gods.

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Research Shows Cerne Abbas Giant Chalk Figure Is NOT Ancient

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:02

In Britain, researchers believe that they are finally able to date the mysterious gigantic chalk figure at Cerne Abbas. The Cerne Abbas Giant has intrigued people for at least a century as its origins became uncertain and lost through time. 

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True Civilization Sites Predating the Neolithic Revolution

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:50

The beginnings of what archaeologists often call ‘true civilization’ are most often attributed to the Neolithic Revolution, which began at different places around the world from around 10,000 BC. It marked one of the most important periods in human history when nomadic hunter-gatherer-fisher ancestors began settling as new agricultural methodologies were being developed.

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Harlech Castle: Wales’ Most Formidable Fortress

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 08:00

Harlech Castle is a medieval castle located in Harlech, in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. The castle was built during the 13th century by the English king, Edward I, as part of an ‘iron ring’ of castles aimed at the subjugation of Gwynedd. As a defensive structure, Harlech Castle played an important role in the region’s history in the centuries following its construction. By the 17th century, however, Harlech Castle lost its military function, and fell out of use. Nevertheless, it received a new lease of life in subsequent centuries, as it began to attract tourists. Today, Harlech Castle is a tourist destination, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the ‘Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd’.

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Thomas Becket’s Sacred Healing Shrine Digitally Reconstructed

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:44

800 years to the day since the body of England’s legendary Saint Thomas Becket was moved to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, in southeast England, this mysterious and deeply sacred building has been digitally reconstructed using new evidence and the resulting computer-generated imagery (CGI) posted online.

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Holyrood Palace: Royal Residence and Haunted House

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:31

Holyrood palace is a 12th century haunted palace that remains one of the most important residences of the British Royal Family. It fascinates visitors with its beauty and sometimes overwhelms them with the energy of spirits that cannot find peace.

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Charles Hapgood and the Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:06

Charles H. Hapgood began his book, Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, by stating, after studying composite maps at least partially derived from ancient sources, that ancient voyagers traveled from pole to pole. 

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The Norman Conquest Didn’t Kill the English Appetite

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:04

A team of researchers have established that Norman dietary influences in England after the Norman Conquest were less profound than previously imagined. This was a huge surprise given the perceived impact of Norman culture on Anglo-Saxon England.

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Durrington Shafts: Is Britain’s Largest Prehistoric Monument a Sonic Temple?

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 23:53

The recent discovery of an enormous ring of cylinder-like pits, each approximately five meters deep and 10 meters in diameter (16.5 by 33 ft), found to surround the henge enclosure of Durrington Walls in southern England

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10,000-Year-Old Neolithic Figurines Discovered in Jordan Burials

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:01

The historical time period for the mid-9th millennium BC onwards is known as the early Neolithic. At this time in the Near East human iconography began expanding, but archaeological theories to account for this development have been non-existent, until now.

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Australian Archaeologists Identify Genghis Khan’s Lost Winter Camp

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:00

Australian archaeologists claim to have identified the legendary lost Genghis Khan winter camp. Known as Chinggis Khan in Mongolia, Genghis Khan lived from about 1162 AD until 1227 AD. 

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Macedonian Game of Thrones Eurydice The Matriarch and Eurydice the Rebel

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:23

Eucleia, the ancient Greek female personification of glory and good repute, is the youngest of the Charites. She was the daughter of Hephaestus and Aglaea, the goddess of splendor and adoration. 

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The Search for Deep Reality: Ancient Hindu Texts and Quantum Physics

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:35

The ancient Hindu texts known as The Vedas possess elements common to both quantum physics and the concept of Synchronicity.

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The Rufus Stone: Memorial to William Rufus, Unpopular Norman King of England

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 08:00

The Rufus Stone is a memorial in the New Forest, England. The stone is alleged to mark the location where William II, the second Norman king of England, met his death. In reality, however, the exact location of William’s death is not really known. Nevertheless, such doubts have not affected the Rufus Stone, and the monument still stands in the same spot where it was erected centuries ago.

Sibling Rivalry: The Diabolical Quarrel That Arose Between the King’s Sons

In 1066, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Harold II, was defeated by William I, Duke of Normandy, at the Battle of Hastings. This marked the beginning of the House of Normandy, which ruled England for almost 70 years. Known as William the Conqueror, William I reigned until his death in 1087. He was succeeded by his third son, William II. The Duchy of Normandy, however, went to the new king’s elder brother, Robert, nicknamed Curthose, meaning “short stockings”.

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Ancient Lutetia: The Roman Roots of Paris

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 17:02

Over two millennia ago, France’s capital, Paris, was inhabited by Celtic Gauls who called their city Parisii. But then the Romans came and set up camp. They renamed their city Lutetia...

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