The Altar of Zeus was built by Eumenes II to commemorate a great victory over the Gauls (Galatians) in Pontus and Bithynia in 229-228 BC. The open-air altar (not a temple) was about one hundred feet long and thirty-five feet high and it was decorated with life-size figures depicting a battle between gods and giants. The great altar. which was included on some lists of the world’s wonders, was destroyed during the Byzantine era and the remains were used to repair the acropolis defense walls. In the 19th century these fragments were removed to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany and used in a full-scale reconstruction of the temple.
Have you noticed Frau Merkel’s absence from political arenas of late? Flat statements of ‘Whoa Nelly’ coming from the nellies of Frankfurt and Brussels to the effect that Greece ‘shouldn’t’ be bum-rushed out of the Eurozone? It’s not second thoughts or some crisis of conscience causing the latest bout of Germanic fumbling; they’re still trying to capture a compass reading for a new direction to flee when bonds finally go south in late October.
The end of the Greek Euro will come fast, a zap then a sizzle and it’s over. The demise is less a foregone conclusion than a dire necessity at this point, a retroactive abortion that will save mother Europe’s life for a re-shaped political future that still includes the Greeks but not quite in the way they once thought. Their new role in the European partnership is that of indentured sheep-herders and waiters on foreign owned ‘properties’ lost at globalist poker along with the deep ethnic pride they bet in 2008’s double-down scam.
While this outcome may sound unattractive, in much wiser times they would have been counted lucky because the reality of the matter is that things can always be far worse. Asset claims are after all only pieces of paper until backed by an invading army and NATO seems busy elsewhere. To the outside world, Greek media presents a country stressed out from a deep sense of guilt yet the takings in tavernas that are no longer paying any tribute gouged by Athens/ Brussels are on par with their historical seasonal averages.
Do the Greeks give a hoot what the world thinks about their tax-dodge inspired creative accounting? Yes un-surprisingly, industrious people bet their future on Euros and like any sensible entrepreneurs, they took advice from their accountants who were trained and licensed by ECB to go forth and operate, to distinguish between EU tax –avoidance and it’s outright evasion. Events since 2008 have revealed these rules are not equally applied and worse still, a campaign designed to discredit dissent has inflamed the sort of Greek outrage and passions that once sparked twenty-seven years of Peloponessian War.
The rise of a fascist element was expected too but success hasn’t fooled everybody. As one 25 year-old Greek-American visiting the Parthenon put it last week;
“Golden Dawn ain’t sh*t! Who pays these idiots? Globalists want us to give up our property rights, no matter what GD say, they’re only in place to discredit anybody lucky enough to own a house that’s not mortgaged. That’s why they secretly support Fatso and Samaras to extort new property tax from the electricity bill. I… most Greeks agree with the EU about migrants, give those poor people EU papers and let them travel freely wherever they like. In this economy, no refugee in his right mind would stay in Greece. Case closed, who needs Golden Dawn?”
Hindsight has proven that tarring the Greeks as one of the PIIGS may not have been such a hot idea after all, unsophisticated outsiders have a knack for surprising their detractors. The greatest fear among the locals and the diaspora is also their greatest strength, they just don’t know it yet. A return to the Drachma for now is still a step backward from their perceived place in the world and as the top cheats, they know it will be doomed to compete with turnips as the preferred currency in the very near future.
The gods heard their pleas though, according to the experts in the field. Missives from Olympus are clear both in Greek and German. A few handfuls of people still practice the old sacred rights in Greece but they’re not nearly as numerous as the adherents in Berlin mystical circles. They use ancient texts stolen from Constantinople during the Crusades but their slanted translations leave a whole lot to be desired. This hasn’t stopped anyone attempting to revive the Mysteries of Dionysus with miscast spells and cod ceremonies.
What gives today’s Germans confidence over other outside worshippers of Zeus is their possession of the most complete classical altar of it’s kind north of the Danube. It’s all pretend of course, rich volk gangs wishing for more loot, part of an older type of religio-commerce system that has it’s origins with the Baa’ Ankh. Pre-Christian temples were the commercial focal points of their day, local branches of larger cults who recognised each others’ Bills of Exchange. Still confused about how sacred texts met accounts payable?
Informed realists know we’re only ever doing God’s Work when we shop till we drop;
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