Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Trouble With Olympias--Anatomy Of A Curse

Below is the journey to get to the source of the curse. The rest of the blog only chronicles what came of the spite of a child.The lifetimes ruined by her vindictiveness. By Olympias.....No. By the one called Cleopatra who married the then husband of the Queen. She became Eurydice on  her vows and became a malignant spirit there after. See the post from another of my blogs....The revelation came toward the end of the Olympics, a telling time for a truth to come to light from the depths of the Aegean.


The previous assumption that The Ring was the wedding ring of Concubine Arsinoe is wrong. This Ring is the ring of a Queen not a concubine.........Step back gang......It was the Ring of Alexander The Great's mother. Olympias.I kind of always had the feeling it ad something to do with Alexander but I wasn't sure, until the old signs and wonders stuff kicked in. With her we find the source of the trouble. Or at least the focal point of the trouble.  Ancient times was not all fun and games. Much blood flowed in wars and attempts to stay alive if one was a royal. As you can see in the bio below that it was a fight to just stay in power if one ruled. Olympias was no different. And in the end lost the battle............Or so it seemed.

Let's take this lifetime bit by bit. Most of the trouble seemed to be when her husband more than just a philanderer but was a polygamist too. He took and other, younger wife, named Eurydice...nee Cleopatra. She changed her name when they married. Good thing because Oympias had a daughter called Cleopatra too. After Alexander was murdered, Oympias had to eliminate the competition for Alexander's son to rule. The competition was Eurydice and her children. In the end Oympias accorded Eurydice the choice of the way to die. And Eurydice chose hanging. But Eurydice took the thing one step further and used her own girdle, belt to hang herself and pronounced a curse on the head of Olympias for doing what she had to do to protect her own from a malignant soul. This one act would reverberated though the ages and re manifest it's self among those who have set themselves as the modern royals.....Called actors. We have had a sudden resurgence of hanging as a means of death. Even just the depiction, given the right situation can end up tragically, such as in the case of Heath Ledger. But then Heath was doing a movie with Christopher Plummer who was in Alexander as Aristotle, Alexander's teacher. Then recently an Alexander hung himself for real, after his mother died. There was many signs leading the way, but until one see's it in retrospect one doesn't see the path that leads to illumination.

Above is Angelina Joli, she played Oympias in Oliver Stone's Alexander 2004. Below is another image of the lady  As you can see she was quite attractive. And Angelina was a good choice for the roll.

Not included in this bio is what  Cassander, son of Antipater did after she was executed. He denied her a burial, one site said he dumped her body into the Aegean, off of Pydna. One could say he did her a favor by acting this way. Burial and burial rites are used not only so the spirit can pass over easily, but it's a binding method also. When he denied this ritual he left her spirit free to easily come back, via reincarnation, to tend to those who killed her son, Alexander. In most cases spirits can only come back in their own spirit groups, freed of this constraint Oylmpias came back within the family that was the least responsible for her son's death......The Ptolemies. Returning,  almost immediately, the same year, 316 BC, as first born of  Ptolemy I. Became her chosen vehicle to destroy the enemy from within. The enemies was those who by their hand killed her when the executioners refused to do the deed and the ones, Cassander and his minion who did in her son and his family. This was Arsinoe II. Because this incarnation was the closest, memories were the clearest. Though earlier in her life as Arsinoe,  was very  turbulent, she had settled in with her brother to create the Egypt the world knows and loves.....BUT after that, all hell broke loose in the Dynasty of  Murderous Imbeciles that the Ptolomies had degenerated into.....Right down to the Last Pharaoh, Cleopatra....who died by the kiss of a snake.

Why did the Ptolomies turn into such a sad bunch? One only has to look to the curse of Eurydice on Olympias. Because Oympias came back into the Ptolomy line Eurydices wrath landed on them and culimnated in returning herself as Cleopatra VII. Her twisted soul destroying herself and everything the Ptolomies built.

One could easily see, that like the stupid selfish Eurydice that, Cleopatra hooked up with anyone who could give her power. And bred kids to keep them around. Could it be that Cleo and  Mark Anthony was Philip and Eurydice? If there is anything to reincarnation, you can see them  repeating the deeds of their past sins.

I believe also Arsinoe's father had known shortly after her birth that she was Olympias reborn. There was some sign, perhaps the birth mark of a serpent even and the look in her eyes.....Or even the gathering of serpents.  Her brother Ptolemy II knew also, and in reverence to her on her death paid much homage to her.

I imagined that it was a young Arsinoe/Olympias that found her 'special' ring washed up on the beach. The Ring of Dionysus, that her son had made for her after his trek from Egypt. This served as a power point though Olympias' various lifetimes....and some how always found it's way home.

The below biographies has a few innacuracies, but for  the most part is correct. I'm sure it's difficult to keep up with who was who since they kept using the same names over and over, which leads to much confusion.

Macedonian Queen (ca. 375–316 B.C.)
Macedonia—the land to the north of Greece— played a formative role in the history of Western civilization in the fourth century B.C. The Macedonian king Philip I consolidated his rule over his kingdom and built a dynasty that soon strengthened Macedonia’s political position. As was customary, such dynastic ties were bound by marriage, which linked the Macedonian royal house with the royal houses of its neighbors, and kings took many wives to forge as many ties as possible. By 357 B.C., Philip I had already arranged several marriages for his son and heir Philip II, but in that year he took Philip II to Samothrace, a sacred island where he would be initiated into religious mysteries. While there Philip II met and fell in love with a very young woman who would become his next wife. It was an excellent political match, and a marriage was soon arranged between Philip II and Olympias, the daughter of a king of Epirus (in modern Albania). Olympias would become a strong queen who shaped the destiny of Macedonia—particularly through her famous son, Alexander the Great.

Olympias and Philip had two children in quick succession: Alexander, born in 356 B.C., and Cleopatra, born two years later. According to the sources, both Philip and Olympias had wild and violent natures, and the marriage was marked by much passion. Olympias reputedly always hated the presence of Philip’s other wives and children in the household, however, and the stormy relationship in time deteriorated into violence. One source claims she slowly poisoned one of Philip’s sons to weaken his intellect so that he was left an imbecile.
The historian Plutarch wrote that Olympias introduced wild religious ritual into Macedonia, particularly among women who worshiped Dionysus, the god of wine. Reputedly, Olympias had the power of snake charming, and she taught the women to include live snakes in their religious procession. Their husbands did not like this practice, and Plutarch claims that even Philip grew to dislike his marriage bed because Olympias frequently slept with her pet snakes. It is impossible to know how accurate Plutarch’s tales were, for he loved to repeat a good story, whether it was true or not.

The queen had a close relationship with her children, caring for their education and upbringing. She made sure Cleopatra, too, was trained to rule, for she had hopes for both her children to take power. She was particularly close to Alexander, and throughout his life they exchanged letters. It was over her ambitions for her son that she and her husband had their final battle. After twenty years of marriage, Philip decided to marry yet another wife—a Macedonian noblewoman also named Cleopatra. Olympias found this offensive enough, but at the wedding, Cleopatra’s father offered a toast hoping for a legitimate heir to be born of the union—suggesting that Olympias’s children, since they were not Macedonian, should not rule. Alexander was furious, and so was his mother. Alexander took Olympias back to her native land, where she seems to have conspired against Philip.

Philip was murdered in 336 B.C. at the wedding of his daughter. Reputedly, Olympias had planned the murder, but that was never proven, for the assassin was killed. She does seem to have been responsible for killing Philip’s last wife, Cleopatra, and their recently born infant. She refused to let Alexander face any competition for the throne of Macedonia, and she enjoyed a good deal of power as his mother. Olympias returned to Macedonia, and for the next five years she presided over the court while her son was away at the wars that would create a new Hellenistic world. Olympias’s strength of will earned her many enemies, however. The regent, Antipater, wrote to Alexander complaining of the stubbornness, violence, and interference of the queen, but Alexander never renounced his mother. The sources claim that he told one of his followers that Antipater was unaware that one of his mother’s tears would wash out the complaints of a thousand letters. The queen so alienated Antipater, however, that on his deathbed he warned the Macedonians never to let a woman rule over them.

In 331 B.C., Olympias had made so many enemies in Macedonia that she moved to Epirus, where her daughter, Cleopatra, was queen. She planned to wait there until her son returned from the wars, when she could return with him to Macedonia. Alexander’s death in 323 B.C. changed that, but the indomitable woman did not give up her ambitions to rule. First, she tried to arrange a marriage between Cleopatra and a Macedonian who could rule as king. Powerful nobles led by Antipater foiled these plans, however. When Antipater died in 319 B.C., Olympias had one more opportunity to seize power. Some Macedonian nobles invited Olympias back to act as regent for Alexander’s young son, Alexander. But another strong woman interfered—Eurydice, Philip II’s granddaughter by his first wife.

The young Eurydice had been as determined as Olympias to place her husband on the throne of Macedonia, and the death of Antipater seemed to provide that opportunity. As the armies gathered, the two women appeared in front of their forces to fight for the throne. Olympias, who was almost sixty years old at this time, was dressed as a priestess of Dionysus, and Eurydice wore Macedonian armor. When the Macedonian soldiers saw the proud Olympias, looking so much like their beloved Alexander, they came to her side, and the battle was won without a blow. Eurydice and her husband were captured and turned over to Olympias, who showed them no mercy. She had Eurydice’s husband, Philip, killed; then she sent Eurydice a dagger, a rope, and a bowl of hemlock poison, telling her to choose her own death. Eurydice cursed her, then took off her own girdle and hanged herself without a trace of fear. The brave Eurydice was only twenty years old.
As Olympias tried to kill more of her enemies, she lost the support of the Macedonians, who perhaps remembered Antipater’s dying warning against following a queen. She was captured and imprisoned. Her captors sent some relatives of those she had killed, and these men stabbed her. She died bravely without begging for any mercy. Her daughter, Cleopatra, was also murdered by men who feared her potential for political power. Olympias’s greatest contribution was her son, who changed the course of history by spreading Greek culture to the east with his conquests and who paved the way for the rise of the great Hellenistic kingdoms. Olympias also may have provided a model of a powerful queen who took it upon herself to be actively involved in the politics of the day. The women of the Hellenistic world would exert more freedom than any other women of the ancient world.

OlympiasBorn: c. 375 BC
Died: 316 BC
Location of death: Pydna
Cause of death: unspecified
Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Royalty
Nationality: Ancient Greece
Executive summary: Wife of Philip II of Macedon
Olympias, daughter of Neoptolemus, king of Epirus, wife of Philip II of Macedon, and mother of Alexander the Great. Her father claimed descent from Pyrrhus, son of Achilles. It is said that Philip fell in love with her in Samothrace, where they were both being initiated into the mysteries (Plutarch, Alexander, 2). The marriage took place in 359 BC, shortly after Philip's accession, and Alexander was born in 356. The fickleness of Philip and the jealous temper of Olympias led to a growing estrangement, which became complete when Philip married a new wife, Cleopatra, in 337. Alexander, who sided with his mother, withdrew, along with her, into Epirus, from where they both returned in the following year, after the assassination of Philip, which Olympias is said to have countenanced. During the absence of Alexander, with whom she regularly corresponded on public as well as domestic affairs, she had great influence, and by her arrogance and ambition caused such trouble to the regent Antipater that on Alexander's death (323) she found it prudent to withdraw into Epirus. Here she remained until 317, when, allying herself with Polyperchon, by whom her old enemy had been succeeded in 319, she took the field with an Epirote army; the opposing troops at once declared in her favor, and for a short period Olympias was mistress of Macedonia. Cassander, Antipater's son, hastened from Peloponnesus, and, after an obstinate siege, compelled the surrender of Pydna, where she had taken refuge. One of the terms of the capitulation had been that her life should be spared; but in spite of this she was brought to trial for the numerous and cruel executions of which she had been guilty during her short lease of power. Condemned without a hearing, she was put to death (316) by the friends of those whom she had slain, and Cassander is said to have denied her remains the rites of burial.
Father: Neoptolemus (King of Epirus)
Husband: Philip II of Macedonia (m. 359 BC)
Son: Alexander the Great (conqueror, b. 356 BC)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cleopatra- Portrait of A Killer

Let's first start our journey by viewing this 6 part series. Here's part one. Go to You Tube to view the rest.

Cleopatra Murderer or Monster?

Now you viewed this BBC series. Let's think about a few things,

They pointed out how Cleopatra ordered younger sister,  Arsinoe IV murdered on the steps of the Artimsian. Supposedly to get rid of her last rival. It was a dirty filthy bloody murder carried out by her lover Mark Anthony. But was this her only reason to be rid of her???

Arsinoe wielded much support from the Egyptian people because she was half Egyptian herself. Unlike Cleopatra who was full Macedonian. Also on a spiritual level, Arsinoe IV was considered the the earthly incarnation of their beloved ancestor Arsinoe II who bought beauty and prosperity to Egypt with the help of her brother Ptolemy II. She even took on her previous symbology when she took the throne from Cleopatra for a short time, but this time around she upgraded the crown to the Triple Ureaus. and held the cornucopia in her left hand. This some rather blind experts are now trying to attribute these statues to Cleo, but has no cartouches or anything to support their assumptions.

If you will see below the statue in question. This is clearly of a young royal. Of the age when Arsinoe took control. This bears no resemblance to any known and verified images of Cleopatra VII.

This young Queen along with her brother Ptolemy XIII held off the forces of Caesar who was invading Alexandria to put his concubine, Cleopatra back in power. She was selling out all of which the Ptolemy Dynasty had put together in their 300 years ruling Egypt to Rome.

As the series said the 'war' went Caesar's way and Ptolemy drowned trying to escape across the Nile and Arsinoe was captured and was taken back to Rome to be displayed, then executed in Caesar's Triumph. Unfortunately for Cleopatra, the crowed didn't think much of strangling a child and turned on Caesar and he was forced to settle for a mere banishment. This didn't sit well with Cleo, but there was nothing she could do.....At the time.

So Arsinoe was sent to the sanctuary of the Artimisian Temple in Ephesus and spend the next several years in their care and protection.

In the mean time shortly after Caesar gave Arsinoe clemency, he was stabbed to death on the steps of the senate. By then Cleopatra had given birth to their son, Caesarion. A card she was to play to win the game of becoming Empress of Rome along with Caesar. But their son wasn't enough of an ACE to win.....In fact, much to her consternation, Caesar made Octavian his heir, NOT their son. Nor would he leave his wife.

With Caesar gone, she then took up with Mark Anthony and filled his head with all sorts of delusions of becoming Emperor. He believed her and did anything she wanted........Including murdering Arsinoe.

The series seemed to be remiss on exactly how she died......She was stabbed to death on the Temple Steps.
It was very much a scandal to violate the rule of sanctuary. But Cleopatra wanted not only revenge but power.
Arsinoe was literally a virgin blood sacrifice. And to prove that Arsinoe was gone Cleopatra made a special request.........She wanted her head brought to her.

Cleopatra as a child had watched her sister Bernice beheaded by her father when he got back from exile, from that point on, the darkness and madness had grown within her.This was the example of  how things were handled by her family and years later she would employ this on Arsinoe.

My title accuses Cleopatra of being a Monster..................She was very good at getting things done, behind the scenes. So her hands would stay clean. So she could get what she wanted. I venture to guess maybe more than one murder was on her hands...........Caesar stabbed to death on the Senate Steps.......Arsinoe stabbed to death on the Temple Steps......A coincidence???? Maybe not. He didn't do what she wanted.

When Mark Anthony proved to be a hopeless drunken incompetent, she abandoned him at Actium. He escaped Octavian and came running back to Alexandria. It was said that she had him told she had killed herself.....And out of sorrow that he fell on his sword....Another bloody gutting.........Sound familiar? Wouldn't it be funny if someone did it for him......Not much a tragic love story that has told over the millenniums. But a sad pile of crap to cover up that the last Pharaoh was an insane manipulative ruler who did anything to get what she wanted.

They say Cleopatra committed suicide out of  fear of what Octavian would do to her back in Rome. Did she fear that he had come to know that she was behind his adopted fathers death? Was there other fears that drove her to do herself in? OR did she even take her own life as historians have reported?  Who knows............Maybe she didn't kill herself after all. She was said to die from he bite of an Asp.
Arsinoe IV was the reincarnation of Arsinoe II. After Arsinoe II died her brother had made a huge mystery cult in her name, replete with sacrifices. The cult was based on Persephone and Hades. This power/energy carried on to her next incarnation as Arsinoe IV.......Both had the symbol of the royal cobras.........And the true murderer, of many,  ended up dying by the bite of a snake.......Not as a suicide but as a bit of revenge from the beyond the grave.... The handmaidens, Charmion and Iras lay dying by their queen. Three women, asp? Or was it one for each. Could be it was a 'triple' play courtesy of the spirit of Arsinoe.

Deadly Discoveries

Man likes to dig things up, but sometimes the things they find are not all that they seem. I came into possession of a bit of antiquity years back. A beautiful ring that bears the symbol that appears on various ancient pieces of Egyptian antiquities.

One is what I call the stele of sacrifice. It's of  Ptolemy II giving sacrifice to his sister Arsinoe II over the symbol.

Next is a recent discovery by Dr. Zahi Hawass, a statue of a child...unnamed, But found in the palace of Queen Bernice, wife of Ptolemy III. A rather creepy looking child in my opinion, with the same symbol on her chest.

The Blood of The Gods

Ptolemy I Sotor...The Savior....Usual linage is attributed to the man who raised him, Lagus, but in actaulity his mother, another Arsinoe, was the concubine of  Philip II of Macedon. She was given to Lagus all ready pregnant. Who was Philip? The father of Alexander the Great. This means Ptolemy was Alexander's half brother. This means that the bloodline of Alexander coursed in the bloodline of the Ptolemies.

This explains why with Ptolemy I's children, Ptolemy II and Arsinoe II, created all that Egypt was remembered. They considered themselves in the bloodline of the gods. They feverishly created monuments in their lifetime. They even renamed the gods themsleves to what everyone now calls them. Arsinoe did this one herself. Isis was her version of the ancient name of Aset, amd Anubis was what Anapu was now called......Much more pleasing to the ear. But what happened with the god of darkness? Sutekh was renamed Set. Not much of a name or was it actually what she called him? Maybe not. That is a secret that lies with Arsinoe.

This secret went with her when she died. She never even told her brother the proper name of Set. A calculated move, for sure. Set was the heart of a warrior, force of raw power. Even a protector. But only to those who knew his name.

Intrigue and murder was the way of the day. Arsinoe felt, though all seemed fine between brother and sister, that anything could change at the snap of a finger. She died at age 44. Young for a Ptolemy. Usually the line was long lived. But there was health problems that plagued her as well as her brother....The later generations started to kill each other off  because of of a madness born of inbreeding. that had not touched the first two generations. The downhill slide started with Ptolemy III. He was the son of the first wife of  Ptolemy II, Arsinoe I, a daughter of a king of a foreign land. She was found plotting against her husband and was sent away disgraced. Later on to give his children by her a legitamacy in the Alexandrian bloodline, after his sister died, he postumously had them adopted by her. Odd but for a reason. But still the taint of their real mother's sins of betrayal stained the later generations.

The Death of Arsinoe

Let's now look at the crime scene on the temple steps. The murderer, Mark Anthony, whom I believe did the crime himself and did not have a soldier do it, went to the Artimisian under the guise of wanting to make peace with Arsinoe on behalf of her sister and even said she was waiting outside to talk to her. Wanting the war of the sisters to end, she believed Mark Anthony and followed him out of the temple compound. Once on the steps he turned to her and brought out a concealed dagger and stabbed her repeatedly......She collapsed on the steps and her royal blood stained them and the hands of her assassin. Then as requested he drew up her head and used the same instrument to decapitate her.

One has to wonder was Arsinoe even dead at this point, since the act was being performed quickly as not to rouse the guards. Did he decapitate her while her spirit still clung to her earthly body?

Did her eyes open at any point? Did her lips speak a curse on him and her treachoris sister?

Looking back on the murder scene of Arsinoe..........After Mark Anthony stabbed her. She saw something in the shadows behind him as she started to drop to the ground.....A hooded figure of a woman...As she slumped down, the moon lit this face...It was the face of her sister.....eyes insanely shining as Arsinoe's blood stained the temple steps.

Mark Anthony may have stiffened his backbone with drink to kill Arsinoe but his soul could not be salvaged when Cleopatra ordered him to decapitate her.

This heinous act would be remembered forever by Arsinoe and the Curse on the two who did this would live on to the end of time.

Head Long Journey Into Night

So what became of Arsinoe's head?

The High Priest, Megabyzus, who had welcomed Arsinoe to the Artemision as Queen of Egypt, had been sentenced to death after Arsinoe's murder. Why was that? Cleopatra had been petitioned to commute the sentence and she magnanimously did so.Did he know something and threatened to make a heinous scandal even worse? He would have known of the desecration of Arsinoe's body by the beheading. Had he sought the return of her head so he could bury her in tact?

I believe her burial in the tomb at Ephesus didn't receive the head until after Cleopatra died. I further believe that when Octavian found his dead enemy he found her sisters head in a golden casket and returned it to the Artemision so the burial could be completed in the Tomb they had erected to her honor.

Millenniums later the tomb was opened and a detailed record was made and the body was returned. But the head seemed to have been kept for some reason and during WWII it became lost. I contended that with the occultic obsession of the Nazi's, that it was they who came into possession of it. When they fell who then would have an interest in Arsinoe's Skull? I say it was the next big collector of the arcane and occult objects, The Vatican.

I do not believe that Arsinoe's head is lost at all I think it sits somewhere within the walls of Vatican City.

And Then There Was None......

They say Ptolemy XIII under the advisement of people that should have known better had his head delivered to Caesar after he with a Roman traitor had him murdered. Could these advisers really had been in Cleo's camp and was purposely mis-advising the children to get her back in power. Could Cleo have been the grand puppet master in all the mayhem then? Pompey had been son in law to Caesar once, and as a Roman he would not find the desecration of one of their own by one whom them considered less than themselves anything but an affront. No one in their right mind would advise anyone to do this........But who ever said she was in her right mind.

So the story goes....Then there was Caesar. he didn't lose his head, but he didn't make his bastard son, Caesarion heir either. So on the Ides of March, he met his death. Though her hands were not bloodied, her soul was.........And she fled Rome the minute he died.

Let's not leave out her brother Ptolemy XIV. It was very doubtful that he died of natural causes. He survived the boat ride home but died soon after. At 15 years of age he would soon begin to assert his right to the throne and she just couldn't have that.

Then of course when Mark Anthony failed her.........She left him dead in the water at Actium. And maybe even dead by her own hand when he just wouldn't go away.....I mean after all at this point there wan't many left to carry out her wishes anymore.....Now was there?

Curses In Time

My aim for this blog is to stop the insipid veneration of a myth. Cleopatra's life was just a romantic bit of non sense purportraited by silly old men who never even met her. The real Cleopatra was far from what they imagined. She was just an egomaniacle opportunist who, like many before her, believed her own press. She believed in her own god like abilities, though there was no proof of it other than what she pretended in her own mind, was true.

Octavian had a glimpse of the truth of what was going on and what really happened that day Cleopatra died. But something scared him enough to cover up things and help with the myth that did not rightfully belong to this person...........The Last Pharaoh who destroyed Egypt.

I will be updating these stories within the original postings and re-dating them so the truth can be out there for those who are not fooled by historical absurdities.

~Arsinoe Sarione Ptolemy
  aka: ASP