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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|

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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!

As a Gold Member you get the opportunity to submit your questions or points in advance. In-depth Interviews will be pre-recorded, and then are available to watch at a time that’s easy and convenient to you!

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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.

Do not miss this compelling and controversial talk with David Jones on Ancient Origins Premium!

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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Fairies & Witches: The Witch Trials and Pagan Beliefs
Wednesday August 23, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Richard Firth Green
Fairies & Witches: The Witch Trials and Pagan Beliefs

What is the connection between Fairies and Witches?

Archaeologist, folklorist, and historian Margaret Murray’s old thesis was that the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries were really an attack on fairy beliefs in an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion. Although later academically discredited, her theory gained widespread attention and was an influence on the emerging religious movement of Wicca.

Author and researcher Richard Firth Green joins AO Premium for an intriguing Talk to an Expert Chat, and argues that while Margaret Murry overstated her case, there is a degree of truth in it and that much modern scholarship, in its concern to avoid blaming the victim, has generally missed an obvious connection between fairies and witches.

Richard Firth Green is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at The Ohio State University and acted as Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies from 2006 to 2013. He is the author of Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (2016), among other titles.

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Secret Places of Ancient Shamans in the Americas
Thursday August 3, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Paul Devereux
Secret Places of Ancient Shamans in the Americas

Join author and researcher Paul Devereux in a journey across many parts of the Ancient Americas that he has studied. In this AO Premium Talk to an Expert Chat, Paul will show us mysterious landscape markings and features (some rarely photographed previously) left by ancient Native American shamans. We will see highly secret and very mysterious features in the wilderness of Death Valley, strange boulder patterns (“petroforms”) in Manitoba that are still venerated by First Nations people, giant ground effigies (“geoglyphs”) on an ancient Yuman Indian pilgrimage trail in the Colorado River Valley, old Native American vision quest sites, 300ft-long earthen effigies of Plains Indian shamans, mystery ‘roads’ and curious desert lines left by long-ago shamans and ritualists, and more.

These features raise many questions (and you may ask them!) and Paul will say what is currently known about them.

Paul Devereux BA, FRSA, is one of the pioneers of what used to be called ‘earth mysteries’, a field that later morphed into ‘ancient mysteries’ and other terminology, having worked in the subject area for over four decades. Paul has authored 27 books and has written many dozens of articles for both popular and academic publications.  His main areas of research interest and involvement include multi-perspective studies of ancient sacred places and landscapes, the exploration of sound at archaeological sites (‘archaeoacoustics’), unexplained aerial phenomena (which he terms ‘earth lights’), the use of altered mind states by ancient peoples, along with general consciousness studies (including a major program of dreamwork at ancient sites). 

Paul Devereux is author of Mysterious Ancient America - an investigation into the enigmas of Americas pre-history   | Paul

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Changing the View on Human History
Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:00pm EST
by Willem Witteveen
The Library of Giza: Ancient Knowledge Enters the Modern World

Changing the View on Human History

The Great Pyramid of Giza is not only the best known, but also the most enigmatic structure on our planet. It has been studied, measured and illustrated for more than 200 years. Yet no one can say with any certainty why it exists. Willem Witteveen joins Ancient Origins Premium in a premiere Talk to an Expert Chat to introduce a theory about its original function to demonstrate just how important the Great Pyramid is to our understanding of the modern world, widening the context in which we can now view this spectacular icon.

Its purpose was much more powerful than has previously been imagined and was closely associated with the five earthly elements, the five earthly elements responsible for creation.

Willem includes the work of great researchers like Tesla, Schauberger and Puharich.  The creation of the Great Pyramid and other pyramids was far stranger than we have considered. Thanks to Willem's latest book, the ancient knowledge contained in the Great Pyramid now enters the modern world.  This story will probably change your view on human history.

Willem Witteveen (1957) studied nautical sciences and engineering, then spent 15 years as a navigational officer on merchant vessels, followed by 25 years as a maritime pilot in the Port of Rotterdam. His background in navigational sciences, together with his worldwide travels to many different countries, inspired a lifelong interest in ancient civilisations, ancient documents and ancient writers.

Finally, back on shore, he is now a full-time researcher and is currently focused on Ancient Egypt and its corresponding connections to human history. He is author of The Great Pyramid of Giza: A Modern View on Ancient Knowledge  |

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Columbus: False Last Will of 1498 and other Frauds Exposed
Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm EST
by Manuel Rosa
Columbus: False Last Will of 1498 and other Frauds Exposed

For centuries, historians have based their theory that Columbus was born in Genoa from a statement in his Last Will that reads, “being I born in Genoa…” However, this document is a forgery created some 80 years after Columbus died!

Come learn:

  • Why was this false Last Will of 1498 created?
  • Who was responsible for the fraud?
  • How did the Spanish Tribunal react to its presentation in court?

And discovery why historians still cling to this fraudulent piece of Columbus history.

Manuel Rosa , author of Columbus: The Untold Story (5-Star review winner and winner of the 2017 IPA AWARDis a Portuguese-American, investigative historian and author who emigrated from the Azores to the Boston area in 1973. He currently lives in North Carolina and works at Duke University’s Cancer Institute. Manuel Rosa is regarded as the world's foremost authority on Columbus.  Join us for this much-anticipated Talk to an Expert chat!

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