2.2 – GODS & ALIENS (11.4.10)

THE OLYMPIANS [3b]

Truva, Turkey. For over 150 years, this small city has been the center of one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history: the possible discovery of the legendary city of Troy. In 1868, amateur archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, set out to find what he believed was the city that served as the basis for the Trojan War, as described in one of the greatest pieces of classical literature, Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Written in the 8th-century BC, Homer’s Iliad tells the tale of a great war, born of feuding and jealous gods. While most scholars believed the story of the Trojan War was a work of fiction, Schliemann was determined to prove the myth was a reality.

“Heinrich Schliemann’s discoveries rocked the archeological world. Armed with his copy of The Iliad, basically, he just decided that he was gonna find Troy. And so, he went and just dug a big hole and when he went, he discovered the real Troy.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

But, if Homer’s story of Troy was true, what would it say about other Greek stories and myths? Might those also be true? Did powerful gods and goddesses actually exist? And, if so, where did they come from?

Helles, also known as Greece. Each day, thousands of tourists visit temples and monuments built to honor the gods of another age. The Acropolis, Delphi, the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo. These ancient sites reflect a powerful reverence for beings that supposedly ruled the world thousands of years ago.

“When you look at many of the mythologies around the world, they have these stories of gods coming down from the sky.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“There’s a beautiful description of the way that the gods move, like, when they kind of come down to Earth. You get the sense of them gliding down, but the way that they move is kind of beyond time. It just kind of happens.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

If the ancient Greeks invented the stories of gods as a primitive attempt to explain their Universe, how can we account for similar deities found in widely different regions and cultures around the globe? Was it mere coincidence? Or was there a common origin for these gods, who supposedly traveled to Earth from the skies?

“The earliest civilization we have, 3800 BC, the Sumerians actually give us visual descriptions of these beings and speak of this time that they lived amongst their living gods. They called their gods the Anunnaki and that term simply meant “those who from Heaven come to Earth.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“Mythology is chock-full of these episodes of gods coming down to Earth. I mean, because mythology is so interested in the relationship between gods and humans, there is necessarily gonna be a lot of communication, and communion between the two of them.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

In his book Odyssey of the Gods, Erich von Däniken argues that the world’s sacred books are full of descriptions, not of gods, but of supernatural beings interacting with humans.

“Some thousands of years ago, when our forefathers were still primitive, some extraterrestrials descended to our planet. And because of misunderstanding, like of technology, our forefathers thought that these extraterrestrials must be some gods.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

Mount Olympus. Greece’s highest mountain. According to ancient myths, this site was the home of the gods. It was here, on Mount Olympus, that Zeus sat on his throne and determined the fate of mortal men.

“Whenever we have references to Mount Olympus, it is described to be this magnificent palace on top of Mount Olympus allegedly, and the temple walls were always gleaming of gold, or gleaming with silver, and a lot of little lights that they described as jewels. Well, if you look at that from modern perspective, what if that place – Mount Olympus – wasn’t necessarily the top of a mountain, but it was in fact, a spaceship, because it is described how sometimes there was a big rumbling with Mount Olympus, and the entire top lifted off.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

But if Mount Olympus was home to alien visitors, could Zeus have been their leader? According to both The Iliad and The Odyssey, Zeus was often depicted as wielding a lightning bolt.

“It appears to be a very powerful weapon because he could destroy whole cities with this thunderbolt, weapon of his.”

Michael Cremo Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

Similarly, Zeus’ brother Poseidon, the God of the Sea, was armed with a trident.

“He was able to create tsunamis, tidal waves with this weapon. The trident weapon of Poseidon seems to have been something more than just a pitchfork.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

“So is it possible that the lightning bolt and the trident is some type of a direct energy device?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Arguably, one of the most important of the Greek gods was Apollo, who rode the skies in his chariot of fire.

“Apollo first was the teacher of the young Greeks living there. He teach them how to make buildings on the mountain, on the hillside. He teach them how to make roads. He teach them in astronomy.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

Centuries later, when Rome ruled over Europe and the Mediterranean, from the 1st-century BC until the 7th-century AD, the Romans paid homage to gods similar to the Greeks. Zeus was now known as Jupiter. Poseidon was called Neptune. But Apollo was known to both the Romans and the Greeks. Coincidence? Or as most Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, was it the historical account of powerful beings that came to Earth thousands of years ago?

“We know that the extraterrestrials more than likely are the source of what they call gods. How did they get here? More than likely in some type of craft.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“What we map into our myths and our legends are incredible stories, incredible events, and any extraterrestrial beings, any Ancient Alien, who has come here on Earth, will be written down into this account because it is such an extraordinary event that it’ll be marked forever.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

 

But if the stories of Greek and Roman gods are true, can evidence of their existence be found in other parts of the globe? And, if so, where did they go?

divider

Previous: Introduction | Next: Stones & Similarities

divider

References:

[1] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: Season 2. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.1 – Mysterious Places. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 28, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[3] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [Episode Description].  Retrieved: November 4, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[3a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[3b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: The Olympians]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[3c] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: Stones & Similarities]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[3d] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: Divine Couplings]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[3e] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: Mysterious Giants]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[3f] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.2 – Gods & Aliens. [DVD Footage: Genetic Experiments]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[4] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.3 – Underwater Worlds. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 11, 2010, http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[5] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.4 – Underground Aliens. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 18, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[6] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.5 – Aliens & the Third Reich. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 25, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[7] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.6 – Alien Tech. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 2, 2010 from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[8] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.7 – Angels & Aliens. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 9, 2010, from  http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[9] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.8 – Unexplained Structures. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 16, 2010 from http://www.histoy.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[10] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.9 – Alien Devastations. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 23, 2010 from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

[11] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 2.10 – Alien Contacts. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 30, 2010 from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-2.

divider

Who were they?… Why did they come?… What did they leave behind?… Where did they go?… Will they return?…

%d bloggers like this: