In Atlantis Rising #124 (July/August, 2017), author Steven Sora made the point that the ‘myth’ of Hercules was probably based on some real person who made his heroic mark before the dawn of recorded history, as we know it. Steve described a number of elements in the Hercules story that seem to imply it has a factual basis. Homer’s tale of Ulysses, for example, has been connected to the ‘twelve labors of Hercules.’ Both stories feature special links to the stars, suggesting that, in some forgotten civilization from before the end of the Ice Age—Atlantis perhaps—both heroes might have been the same person.
The important takeaway is that Greek mythology may be based on the stories of people who, though they became recognized as gods, were once human like the rest of us. That notion is not unique to Hercules. Plato referred to Zeus, Apollo, and Athena as his “lords and ancestors.” Certainly the tendency of modern anthropology to classify the great reverence found in many cultures for predecessors as ‘ancestor worship’ makes more sense, given the insight that humans were often believed to be capable of evolving, through numerous incarnations, to higher levels and, of becoming ‘immortals’ where they could continue to guide their descendants.
In an article for the website AncientOrigins.net, Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., author of The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble cites the goddess Athena as an example of a real person who became a goddess. She is, says Johnson, a link to the “Pre-Flood world,” i.e., before the end of the Ice Age.
Awed by the immensity of her replicated statue in the reconstructed Parthenon of Nashville, Tennessee, Johnson says the goddess has been known by many other names—among them ‘Naamah’ in stories from Babylon and Sumer. Johnson goes so far as to argue that, in the Bible, Athena was “the last person mentioned in the line of Cain: ‘And the sister of Tubal-Cain is Naamah’ [Genesis 4:22]. She was the daughter of Lamech, the last ruler of the Cainites before the Flood.”
The ‘Line of Cain’ aside, though, there is even more to the story of Athena than most orthodox historians are willing to admit. Francis Bacon, founder of the secret Rosicrucian society that played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States, dedicated his service to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. According to The Martyrdom of Francis Bacon by Alfred Dodd, Pallas Athena was believed to preside over the intellectual and moral side of human life. She was usually shown on Greek temples wearing a helmet, denoting her silent war against sloth and ignorance, and carrying a spear symbolizing knowledge poised to strike the serpent of ignorance writhing under her foot. Dodd wrote, “When the morning rays of the sun glinted on the weapon, causing it apparently to tremble, the common people were in the habit of saying smilingly: Athena is shaking her spear again. She was thus known as the Spear Shaker or Shaker of the Spear.” This is but one of many reasons that some believe the name ‘Shakespeare’ was a pseudonym (pen name) used by Bacon to secretly author the plays attributed to William Shakespeare.
Any who doubt the extent of Athena’s hidden influence over the modern world, need look no further than the giant statue of ‘Freedom’ standing atop the U.S. capitol building. The building was intended by America’s Masonic founders to be a latter-day Greek temple; and many have recognized in the statue a thinly veiled representation of Athena, complete with helmet and (substituting for the spear) a sword. Perhaps, they should also consider that gods and goddesses could once have been human and that, even today, humans may be gods and goddesses in embryo.
CAPTION: Nashville’s Athena—40 feet tall, the largest indoor free -standing statue in the U.S.