Ravenna Revisited: Greek Termination Event

The Greek Termination Event is one of P N Oak’s Missing Chapters of History.

Based upon the mud that reached the height of the ground floor door lintel of the Mausoleum of Theoderic in Ravenna it seems this event was characterised by earthquakes and flooding.

Because these roof lugs weren’t chiselled-off it appears this Etruscan structure was being built when disaster struck at the Greek Termination Event around 88 BC.

https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/ravenna-revisited-mausoleum-of-theoderic-tragedy/

This conclusion leads the independent observer to ponder whether the burial of ancient Ravenna occurred at the same time as the burial of ancient Rome.

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/a-not-so-funny-thing-happened/

Trying to resolve that conundrum is easier said than done.

However, the maps of Eratosthenes and Ptolemy provide numerous insights into the geographic changes that are associated with the Greek Termination Event.

Eratosthenes of Cyrene (c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC) was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist.

He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erastothenes

Claudius Ptolemy (c. AD 100 – c. 170) was a Greek writer, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy

One of the more striking insights provided by these cartographers is that the Greek Termination Event is associated with a very significant enlargement of the Western Mediterranean basin.

This expansion of the Western Mediterranean basin is associated with the clockwise rotation of the Iberian peninsula and the elongation of the Eastern Mediterranean basin which [amongst many other things] appears to have left Cyprus isolated as an island.

The apparent anti-clockwise rotation of the Italian and Greek peninsulas suggest these locations both experienced significant geographical transformations that undoubtedly would have been associated with earthquakes and flooding.

Therefore, it’s very possible the destruction of Ravenna and Rome occurred at the same time.

Furthermore, the evidence suggests the population of the Italian Peninsula didn’t start to recover until the Early Middle Ages when “new waves” of migrants arrived from “Greece and Asia Minor”.

Rivulets running havoc are more than once invoked to explain the annihilation of cities. Paestum, in the south of Italy (Magna Graecia), supposedly was shattered and swamped by Capodifiume.

That small stream had behaved nicely for some 600 years before it went wild in the 4th/5th century. After that it turned back to normal, and never misbehaved again.

However, it is not yet understood why the survivors waited until the 9th/10th c. to build a new village, Capaccio Vecchio.

It grew between 900 and 1000 up high in the safety of the hills.

That date at the end of the Early Middle Ages must have been the date of the disaster, too.

No other site has been found where the last citizens of Paestum had taken shelter the 500 years in between.

Gunnar Heinsohn

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/ravenna-revisited-mausoleum-of-theoderic-farce/

During the Early Middle Ages, following the disastrous Gothic War, new waves of Byzantine Christian Greeks came to Southern Italy from Greece and Asia Minor, as Southern Italy remained loosely governed by the Eastern Roman Empire.

A remarkable example of the influence is the Griko-speaking minority that still exists today in the Italian regions of Calabria and Apulia.

Griko is the name of a language combining ancient Doric, Byzantine Greek, and Italian elements, spoken by few people in some villages in the Province of Reggio Calabria and Salento.

There is a rich oral tradition and Griko folklore, limited now but once numerous, to around 30,000 people, most of them having become absorbed into the surrounding Italian element.

Some scholars, such as Gerhard Rohlfs, argue that the origins of Griko may ultimately be traced to the colonies of Magna Graecia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Grecia

Clearly, this narrative wasn’t the kind of provenance the Ecclesiastical Empire desired…

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8 Responses to Ravenna Revisited: Greek Termination Event

  1. rishrac says:

    As with all the articles on here, it is extremely interesting and enlightening. I would have no idea that these things exist.
    I would like to ask a question on a building that I saw when I was a child. I think it was on one of the islands of the coast of England. I can’t find it anywhere. The bricks were mostly beige, but what was really pretty, in my view, was that there were some green and purple (blue) ones mixed in. I thought if I ever had a house built I’d like to have it with that color of bricks. Does that exist or did I just imagine it? It seems that the building was a ruin but very old.

    • malagabay says:

      You didn’t imagine the purple bricks.

      Experiments looking toward the achievement of a pattern in brickwork must have been initiated by very early craftsmen, but apparently the progress was slow. What is called Old English Bond (alternate courses of headers and stretchers) had come into general use in England in the Fifteenth Century, and it was used almost exclusively until Flemish Bond was introduced about 1625-50. Meanwhile the French were making more rapid progress. What are now called English Cross Bond and Dutch Bond were used by the Mediaeval brick masons in addition to the two bonds mentioned.

      These masons also developed the scheme of diaper patterns, using vitrified headers or brick of another color – purples, blues, grays, and sometimes almost black.

      The scheme was welcomed by the French particularly for its aid in lending scale to walls of the larger buildings. Like most aids to the designer, however, it was overdone, and finally reached its limit in the tour de force of a dovecote for Boos Manor, Rouen. Here the pattern became so marked and intricate, so full of sharply defined panels, as to break the fundamental laws of proper structural bonding. Softened by time, the dovecote now offers a beauty that it could hardly have possessed when new.

      Principles of Brick Engineering – Handbook of Design
      Structural Clay Products Institute – 1939

      https://archive.org/details/PrinciplesOfBrickEngineering-HandbookOfDesign

      http://gluedideas.com/Encyclopedia-Britannica-Volume-4-Part-1-Brain-Casting/Brickwork.html

      How Complete Restorations Happen: A Case Study of the John Maddox Denn House
      Danielle Keperling – January 29, 2013

      http://historic-restorations.com/tag/john-maddox/

      Dull purple bricks used in the construction of the fireplace.
      Weekend Cottage at Farnham, Bucks [with grey scale photograph]
      https://archive.org/stream/modernarchitectu00londuoft#page/65/mode/1up

      The green bricks were possibly glazed,

      St. Louis Brick Blog – Various Values Of Glazed Green Bricks
      https://stlouisbricks.blogspot.com.es/2006/11/various-values-of-glazed-green-bricks.html

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  4. Re the changing shape of the Mediterranean (and LH link here: https://lhcrazyworld.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/growing-seas-and-migration/ ), the history of the Med, especially around Sicily is much more strange than thought. Also the changes were the result of cataclysmic events and not of gradual changes. Or only sea level changes, though that has varied a lot from evidence.

    Evidence of abrupt cataclysmic events tell their story (the evidence is so contradictory to ‘established dogma’ that it has been avoided and ignored). I link to some ‘work-in-progress’. Vide here: https://www.facebook.com/melitamegalithic/photos/a.674567462718062.1073741860.430211163820361/674567472718061/?type=3&theater

    One spot appears in both links. There are others, inland and coastal. The coastal evidence changes from sheer cliff to deep sea, nothing gradual. It is known that its a major fault, but not that it is quite recent (mid holocene max).

    What has happened in the central Med was not an isolated case.

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