While the four had been
The flight to
The oracle said, “Flee to the ends of the earth.”
The Athenians said, “Nothing doing. We don’t like your advice. So either you give us a better prophesy or we are going to commit suicide right here on your door step. That will make it unlucky, and nobody will ever come to your temple again.”
So the oracle said, “Well … in that case …
wooden walls will save
The delegation said, “All
right. We can live with that.” They went home. Some of the people of
As the Persian fleet filled the bay, the Greeks retreated backward toward the beach on all sides. Landing a galley stern first was the standard way to beach it so as to disembark. To all appearances, the Greek navy was simply going to hit the beach and run away.
They timed it so that all of
the Greek ships were reaching land just as the last Persian galley came into
the bay. Then the entire Greek fleet
attacked together, closing a circle around the Persian fleet and ramming them
through. The military disaster for the
Persians was the greatest the world had ever seen. It was not matched again until the battle of
The Greeks had done as they were told. They did retreat to the edge of the land.
Such permanence did not impress Kamali, accustomed as he was to the long historical cadences of Islamic lands.
Before the Templars,
A shipper will regularly carry cargo and have room to spare. If the cargo is bound for any but the next city on his route, he can collect multiple consignments and drop them off as he goes. It makes his work far more profitable and of a necessity cheaper for those who have him carry things. So it was no mystery if cities, over any distance, fell into line to an extent greater than if they were sited purely on the basis of geography.
It was not good to be superstitious about such things.
Having seen the
temple complex had been excavated something close to a hundred years before,
but its building had started five thousand years earlier in megalithic
times. There were altars with spiral
decorations reminiscent of the spirals at Newgrange
The guide pointed out the
remains of a stone representation of heavy female figure, a recurrent icon of
the long Neolithic period, found over an enormous geographical range although
very rare in
“Didn’t these people think about anything but sex?” he asked his guide.
“Ah,” said the guide, “In
Perhaps the guide was right. There was no question but that the builders of the ancient stones had placed fertility right at the center of their concerns.
Nor did it seem that sex was really the issue. There was no suggestion of intercourse. There was only the long lasting worship of the fertile woman.
The guide pointed out altars where there was evidence that animals had been sacrificed. If the sacrifice was meant to be consumed by people, then this was a public place. Again sex did not seem to be the issue. It was fertility. It was the abiding frantic desire of humans to have babies to carry on their kind, their work, their gods, whatever they held dear.
The guide pointed out
arrangements so that animals could be suspended from the monoliths and
burnt. “Cooked,” thought
The time the temples had been
built had been the Neolithic going into the copper age. It had been a time of peace, in sharp
contrast with the Bronze Age Trojan War described by
They exchanged blessings, inquired about friends and quietly checked to make sure that it was a good time for both of them to talk, free of eavesdroppers. Dealing with the possibility that the telephone connection itself might be compromised was more difficult. It was necessary to have a pre-arranged and innocent subject within which to couch questions. It was simply another, and better, form of code. An uninformed spy would have no idea any information of consequence was being exchanged.
However the information
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