Saturday, 29 May 2010
Celsus Library Efez (Ephesos-Ephesus-Efes) Ghost City
This library is one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus. It was built in 117 A.D. It was a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia; from his son Galius Julius Aquila. The grave of Celsus was beneath the ground floor, across the entrance and there was a statue of Athena over it. Because Athena was the goddess of the wisdom.
The scrolls of the manuscripts were kept in cupboards in niches on the walls. There were double walls behind the bookcases to prevent the them from the extremes of temperature and humidity. The capacity of the library was more than 12,000 scrolls. It was the third richest library in ancient times after the Alexandra and Pergamum." ...cont at link.
The statues symbolize wisdom (Sophia), knowledge (Episteme), intelligence (Ennoia) and [Excellence or Destiny/Virtue] valor (Arete) [Apeth]. These are the virtues of Celsus. The library was restored with the aid of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and the originals of the statues were taken to Ephesus Museum in Vienna in 1910."
(forget prowess, it was not a gladiators school).
Proverbs, OT BibleS. Wisdom (Sophia) aka Divine Sophia (shekhina) 8:12
Lit God in female form? or rather, first of his creations. enigma.
Wisdom in the Bible:
8:1-36 (ie whole chapter)
9:1-6 (prepares a table and invites people in off the street to drink wine with her). She has seven pillars.
8:12 youngs literal~
'I, wisdom, have dwelt with prudence, And a knowledge of devices I find out.'
Or 'Wisdom lives in Trickery and brings forth knowledge of Plans'.
She appeared to the ancient Greeks as Athena.
NeoPlaton (NeoPlatonic/neo-platonism). incs the 70/Cosmic Gods concept, known to humans in classical times too. (a continuance of aquired insight).
Politics/business - modernization-professionalism; the administation of the machine. BNP article.