January 24, 2021
In our article “East Meets West”, we leave the article with mention of the Toltec, and then talk about time immemorial, where we explore the Hindu Yugas. From there, we go on to explore celestial time, then even extinctions. Why? As I have stated throughout these articles, it is vital that we bring understanding to seemingly disparate subjects. The first law of quantum physics states that the universe equals zero, a zero is of course a circular motion that protects you and keeps you from harm. When a special operations operator does a CTR (close target recognizance), one of the purposes of it is to determine patterns of behavior of the targets guarding force. Here of course, our target is not physical, but is just as daunting because it is ethereal.
In our quest for the Holy Grail, we are continuously blocked by lack of written records, the farther back in time we go, the harder it is. We know that the Catholic Church’s zeal to become the dominate religious force has done tremendous damage to historic fact, instances like in the 15th century with Diego de Landa’s burning of the Mayan codices, and again the destruction of the library of Alexandria in the 3rd century A.D.
The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria Egypt was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The Library was part of a larger research institution called the Mouseion, which was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. The idea of a universal library in Alexandria may have been proposed by Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled Athenian statesman living in Alexandria, to Ptolemy I Soter, who may have established plans for the Library, but the Library itself was probably not built until the reign of his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The Library quickly acquired many papyrus scrolls, due largely to the Ptolemaic kings’ aggressive and well-funded policies for procuring texts. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height.
Alexandria came to be regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning, in part because of the Great Library. Many important and influential scholars worked at the Library during the third and second centuries BC, including, among many others: Zenodotus of Ephesus , who worked towards standardizing the texts of the Homeric poems ; Callimachus , who wrote the Pinakes, sometimes considered to be the world’s first library catalogue; Apollonius of Rhodes, who composed the epic poem the Argonautica Eratosthenes of Cyrene; , who calculated the circumference of the earth within a few hundred kilometers of accuracy; Aristophanes of Byzantium , who invented the system of Greek diacritics and was the first to divide poetic texts into lines; and Aristarchus of Samothrace , who produced the definitive texts of the Homeric poems as well as extensive commentaries on them. During the reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes, a daughter library was established in the Serapeum, a temple to the Greco-Egyptian god Serapis.
Despite the widespread modern belief that the Library of Alexandria was burned once and cataclysmically destroyed, the Library actually declined gradually over the course of several centuries. This decline began with the purging of intellectuals from Alexandria in 145 BC during the reign of Ptolemy VIII Physcon, which resulted in Aristarchus of Samothrace, the head librarian, resigning from his position and exiling himself to Cyprus. Many other scholars, including Dionysius Thrax and Apollodorus of Athens, fled to other cities, where they continued teaching and conducting scholarship. The Library, or part of its collection, was accidentally burned by Julius Caesar during his civil war in 48 BC, but it is unclear how much was actually destroyed and it seems to have either survived or been rebuilt shortly thereafter; the geographer Stabo mentions having visited the Mouseion in around 20 BC and the prodigious scholarly output of Didymus Chalcenterus in Alexandria from this period indicates that he had access to at least some of the Library’s resources.
The Library dwindled during the Roman Period, due to lack of funding and support. Its membership appears to have ceased by the 260s AD. Between 270 and 275 AD, the city of Alexandria saw a rebellion and an imperial counterattack that probably destroyed whatever remained of the Library, if it still existed at that time. The daughter library of the Serapeum may have survived after the main Library’s destruction. The Serapeum was vandalized and demolished in 391 AD under a decree issued by Coptic Christian Pope Theophilus of Alexandria, but it does not seem to have housed books at the time and was mainly used as a gathering place for Neoplatonist philosophers following the teachings of Iamblichus.
Even in the 20th century, with the advent of laser technology and compact disks, we were fooled into the idea that foolproof data storage was here. Demonstrably that was not the case, because once one of those disks was damaged in any way, too often that data was irretrievably lost. Call me a dinosaur but when I was a very young boy, my dad had 8 track cassettes and the sound was phenomenal, then there was vinyl albums, then god awful cassettes, then cds, then Mp3 players, and now, digital music on your smart phones, and the sound sucks big donkey dicks. I am all for going back to 8 tracks, where the sound is so full that you are in the studio with the musician. Back in the 1880s A.D., sound was first recorded by this thing.