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