Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Lararium of Alexander Severus

Aelius Lampridius, Historia Augusta, Life of Alexander Severus, 3rd century
Before I tell of his wars and his campaigns and his victories, I will relate a few details of his private every-day life. His manner of living was as follows: First of all, if it were permissible, that is to say, if he had not lain with his wife, in the early morning hours he would worship in the sanctuary of his Lares, in which he kept statues of the deified emperors — of whom, however, only the best had been selected — and also of certain holy souls, among them Apollonius [of Tyana], and, according to a contemporary writer, Christ, Abraham, Orpheus, and others of this same character and, besides, the portraits of his ancestors.
Statue of Orpheus Unearthed, Associated Press Via The Guardian, Jul 2005
A rare statue of the ancient Thracian hero Orpheus has been unearthed in Bulgaria, near a place archaeologists say might house the hero's tomb, the leader of excavations said.

The 9cm (3.5in) bronze statue, dating from the 1st or 2nd century AD, was found in the village of Tatul, 200 miles south-east of Sofia, an archaeologist, Nikolai Ovcharov, said.

The statue, which was perfectly preserved, was found a few days ago by villagers, and handed to archaeologists working on the site, he said.

He added that the find appeared to confirm his hypothesis that the Tatul site was one of the main sanctuaries for Orpheus worshippers in the ancient world.

"The statue depicts a naked athletic god with a lyre in his left hand. Most probably it's a statue of Orpheus, which makes it a rare find."

According to myth Orpheus was a son of Apollo and a godlike poet and musician. After his death a cult developed around his figure, and Thracians seem to have worshipped him as a god, historians say.


Anaconda said...

Hi, OilIsMastery,

Good to see you making contributions over at, again.

I think you are on a fruitful investigative line of inquiry.

There are a lot of facts & evidence which support the assertion that civilization extends farther back in time than current mainstream thinking admits.

Evidence suggests the possibility that natural catastrophe (one event or a series of events) disrupted civilization starting somewhere around 10,000 B. C. and continued disrupting civilization until around 7,000 to 5,000 B.C.

And, just as important, ancient knowledge survived this cataclymic time interval.

Likely, this "occult" (secret) knowledge survived in different forms and sources, but a significant part of this secret knowledge survived via the mystery schools of Egypt and Babylon.

I do check out your posts from time to time.

Keep up the good work :-)

OilIsMastery said...

Hi Anaconda,

I missed ya so it was nice to see you over at Thunderbolts.

Jeffery left because he doesn't like it when I post peer-reviewed science that he disagrees with so it's been kinda lonely here with few to no comments...:P

PeterJB said...

I am, and I am sure others are too, are interested in your postings, so please continue: There were evidences that were in the form of petroglyph's on the southern Nile, near where the rapids rise, of two groups of peoples arriving in Egypt before the Egyptian era and another group coming through Libia but from further West. Each group was distinctly different and one group was sexually differentiated, while the others not. It was at a time where the Sahara was lush forests or Jungles with large rivers.
I saw it written many years ago.
Keep up this work. Thank you.