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Re: VMs: Link between Phaistos Disk & VMs...!?

on 7/22/05 4:45 AM, Elmar Vogt at elvogt@xxxxxxx wrote:

> Hi all,
> To restate my point: I wouldn't completely rule out the Dacian hypothesis.
> But can we agree that the case *for* it is pretty thin, as long as the
> predominant argument is, "We know next to nothing about the Dacians"?
> Cheers,
> Elmar

Hello Elmar:

I for one would side with you that the case for the VMS being a Dicinean
wisdom book is only very thinly sketched out and probably unlikely in the
end.  However, the comment :

"as long as the predominant argument [for the hypothesis], is, 'We know next
to nothing about the Dacians'"

strikes me as the kind of wordsmanship which prevails in the sparring at
academic conferences where careers apparently hang on the ability to make or
break a reputation by use of clever semantics.

I would not characterize the "predominant argument" in support of the Dacian
hypothesis in that fashion.  I would suggest that there are a multitude of
little facts that could support such a hypothesis with the strongest being
the passage from Jordanes in the 400 A.D. period mentioning the subject
matter of the belagines, and of that subject matter, most specifically the
names of 346 stars strikes a nerve here given our star count in the VMS.
Jordanes is describing an ancient star chart that more closely matches the
count in the VMS than any other known chart (and remember he is doing this
description before 500 A.D.)  Other ancient star chart counts are vastly
different, whether it was Hipparchus, Shi Shen, Gan De or whomever.

For those better skilled in this realm perhaps running the software of
astronomical events with the mindset that the events depicted could be 1500
years earlier might yield interesting results?  Unfortunately there are
limited hours and skills for any individual or even small group.

For those with superior plant identification skills, reviewing the herb list
captured by the emporer's physician Dioscorides may be the clue that moves
them further in the direction to then begin looking at the alphabet as
perhaps proto-greek related..., and then moving towards this hypothesis.

Other tiny items abound that arise to the level of intriguing, whether it is
the proto-Bulgarian Unesco honored calendar or the unique zodiac which might
cause some to reexamine f72r with an open mind as to whether the creature
more resembles a snow leopard with spots instead of a plain leo style

Yes the hypothesis is thin,  but deserving of dismissal because it is based
on no more than we know nothing of the Dacians is "a little over the top",

How fantastic it would be if the lost history of Cassiodorus should turn up!



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