Press Release: NEW BOOK DECODES PARTHENON SCULPTURES
Historian Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. Cracks the Ancient Code
Annapolis, MD. May 15, 2005 The Parthenon in Athens, Greece has been called the most important building in the history of Western Civilization, and yet modern academia has been able to tell us nothing about its true significance to the Greeks or to us. The Parthenon Code: Mankinds History in Marble, by Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. bridges the enormous rift between academias abysmal ignorance of its own cultural heritage and the clarity of the ancient Greek artists communications to posterity. Johnson brings profound, indisputable evidence to his readers and, for the first time in over 2,000 years, reveals the true meaning of the Parthenon sculptures, decoding Greek myth/art in the process.
One of the most original, engaging, and thought-provoking works. An iconoclastic, mind-stimulating, and strongly recommended read."
Midwest Book Review
In contrast to The DaVinci Code, a work of fiction, The Parthenon Code deciphers a genuine ancient artists code revealing that Greek myth/art tells the same story as the early chapters of Genesis. Only the viewpoint is differentthe Greeks believed that the serpent enlightened, rather than deluded, the first couple in paradise.
The author presents 250 illustrations of ancient art in his book, allowing the Greeks to tell us their own story of their celebration of the reestablishment of the way of Kain (Cain) after the Flood. The illustrations include five vase-paintings of the serpent-entwined apple tree in paradise, seventeen depictions of Nereus (the Greek Noah), and four depictions of the Greek version of the Flood.
In the last 100 pages of the book, with the help of computer artist, Holmes Bryant, the author restores the east pediment of the Parthenonthe sacred space where the Greeks summarized their history and made their most pretentious humanistic boast by pushing God out of the picture and elevating man as the measure of all things.
We understand the meaning of Platos individual Dialogues and Sophocles plays, each written in a matter of months. There is no excuse, then, for our not understanding the meaning of the magnificent Parthenon sculptures that the Greeks took fifteen purposeful years to create, Mr. Johnson said.
From the right side of the east pediment of the Parthenon, Atlas pushes away the heavens, and with them, the God of the heavens, so that Zeus-religion, the epitome of humanism, can develop. The lounging females (Hesperides) next to Atlas and the serpent-entwined apple tree behind them, represent the ancient paradise, or Eden. The efforts of Atlas enable humanity to push Noah's God out of the picture and reobtain the fruit of the serpent's tree after the Flood.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR BOB JOHNSON:
- Why does modern academia deny the connection between Greek myth/art and Genesis?
- How does your book debunk mythologist Joseph Campbells notion that Greek myths are merely metaphors?
- How does Greek myth/art chronicle the reestablishment of the way of Kain (Cain) after the Flood?
- Why did the Athenians, who kept women in a subservient position, worship Athena and elevate her and her temple to the heights of their city?
Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. has been studying the Sacred Scriptures, Greek myth art, and the Parthenon since 1984. He is a graduate of West Point, and an airborne ranger infantry veteran of Viet Nam. He is also the author of Athena and Eden and Athena and Kain: the True Meaning of Greek Myth. Barnes & Noble selected The Parthenon Code for special recognition during its small press celebration. Archetypo Publications in Thessaloniki, Greece will publish the Greek translation of The Parthenon Code. Robert Bowie Johnson Jr., currently resides with his wife Nancy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Parthenon Code is available nationwide at Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Borders, and online at bn.com, amazon.com, and solvinglight.com Table of Contents, sample chapters, a Flash presentation of Parthenon Sculptures restored in color, and other details: www.theparthenoncode.com
7x10 hardcover, 288 pp.
251 b&w illustrations, $29.95
Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
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