Monday, April 20, 2009

Post Two The priesthood of On Temple of Ra

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The temple of Ra was a depository of royal records.The priesthood of Heliopolis was well known to the Greek historian Herodotus. Heliopolis was a seat of learning in the Greek period.

  • temple schools of philosophy and astronomy and were frequented by Greek philosophers Orpheus, Homer, Plato and Pythagoras.

  • Did Plato learn of the existence of Atlantis at this school? Where did he obtain the "supposed" myth of Atlantis?

  • I have a post of Pythagoras who instituted a school of his own . Was the content of that mystery school based on what he learned from this priesthood? Was it an accident that his school was destroyed? Read the former post on this topic?

  • Ichonuphys lectured at the school in 308 BC after Alexander the Great's death by a few years.

  • Hellenism and the syncretistic mystery religions- did they try to get at this type of mystery knowledge and what part did the school of On play in these undertakings of the Hellenistic syncretistic period?

  • Manethon,chief priest of Heliopolis under Ptolemy II collected the history of the pharaohs.

  • Alexandria eclipses the learning of Heliopolis and the Great Library is built, one of the wonders of the ancients, and it mysteriously burns down . Mysteriously?

  • Obelisks were taken from the temples of Heliopolis and relocated? What is the real why of this action? There is still an obelisk still standing one of a pair set up by Senusret I. during the 12th dynasty.

  • I believe the temple schools were ongoing teaching the mysteries handed down from Atlantis, after its being flooded . Heliopolis by the time of Christ dwindled .Strabo found it uninhabited with priests still there and Yeshua and Moses were reputed to have studied there. Jesus years of silence hypothetically place him in Egypt and India.

The temple of Ra was said to have been, to a special degree, a depository
for royal records, and Herodotus states that the priests of Heliopolis were the
best informed in matters of history of all the Egyptians. Heliopolis flourished
as a seat of learning during the Greek period; the schools of philosophy and
astronomy are claimed to have been frequented by Orpheus, Homer,[5] Pythagoras, Plato, Solon, and other Greek
From Ichonuphys,
who was lecturing there in 308 BC, and who numbered Eudoxus among his pupils, the
Greek mathematician learned the true length of the year and month, upon which he
formed his octaeterid, or period of eight years or ninety-nine months. Ptolemy II had Manethon, the
chief priest of Heliopolis, collect his history of the ancient kings of Egypt
from its archives.
The later Ptolemies probably took little
interest in their "father" Ra, and Alexandria had eclipsed the
learning of Heliopolis; thus with the withdrawal of royal favour Heliopolis
quickly dwindled, and the students of native lore deserted it for other temples
supported by a wealthy population of pious citizens. By the 1st century BC,
however, Strabo found them deserted, and the town itself almost uninhabited,
although priests were still there.
In Roman times Heliopolis belonged to the Augustamnica province. Its
population probably contained a considerable Arabic element. (Plin. vi. 34.) In
Roman times obelisks were taken from its
temples to adorn the northern cities of the Delta, and even across the Mediterranean to Rome, including the
famed Cleopatra's Needle
that now resides on the Thames embankment, London (this obelisk was part of a
pair, the other being located in Central Park, New York) . Finally the growth of Fustat and Cairo, only
6 miles (9.7 km) to the southwest, caused the ruins to be ransacked
for building materials. The site was known to the Arabs as ˁAyn Šams ("the well
of the sun"), more recently as ˁArab al-Ḥiṣn. It has now been brought for the
most part under cultivation, but the ancient city walls of crude brick are to be
seen in the fields on all sides, and the position of the great temple is marked
by an obelisk still standing (
the earliest known, being one of a pair set up by Senusret
, the second king of the Twelfth
) and a few granite blocks bearing the name of Ramesses II.

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