Press Release: Eden and Noah Depicted in Ancient Greek Art

New Book Decodes Greek Myth/Art, Meaning of Parthenon Sculptures

Annapolis, MD. — Those ancient Greek "myths" we learned about in school, it turns out, weren't myths at all, but rather the history of the human race told from the Greeks' unique religious standpoint. The Parthenon Code: Mankind's History in Marble, by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., newly-released from Solving Light Books, decodes Greek myth and deciphers the meaning of the sculptures of Athena's temple, the Parthenon, for the first time in more than 2,000 years.

The author shows that Greek myth/art tells the same story as the Book of Genesis except from the standpoint that the serpent enlightened Adam and Eve in Eden rather than deluding them. "In their vase-paintings and their sculptures, ancient Greek artists take us back through Noah and the Flood to a woman, a serpent, and an apple tree in an ancient paradise," Mr. Johnson said. "Greek art portrays the myth, and Greek myth explains the art. Once you see the Genesis connection, it becomes very easy to understand ancient Greek 'myth' and art. They were meant to be understood," he added.

Vase-paintings showing a serpent, a tree, and Nereus.

Greek Vase Depictions of the Serpent-entwined Apple Tree and of Noah from the 5th Century BC

Six ancient vase depictions of the Greek version of Eden, such as the ones to the right, and five sculptures relating to the events in the garden, appear in the book.

According to the author, an authentic ancient Greek artists' code, designed to portray Greek religious history to the masses simply and clearly, first appeared in about 600 BC and reached its highest form with the sculptures of the Parthenon, the national symbol of Greece, completed in 432 BC.

More vase-paintings showing a tree, a serpent, and Nereus.

Two Other Greek Vase Depictions of the Serpent-entwined Apple Tree and of Noah from the 5th Century BC

The Parthenon Code reveals that the ancient Greeks rejected the Creator God of Noah in favor of "man as the measure of all things." Thus, Greek myth/art celebrated the re-emergence of the way of Kain (Cain) after the Flood, and the rebirth of the serpent-friendly Eve, whom the Greeks worshipped as Athena. The Greeks called Noah Nereus, the "Wet One," and dated the beginning of their contrary religious outlook from the latter years of his life, depicting the patriarch's image on many vases, seventeen of which appear in the book, such as the two above.


Book cover of the Parthenon Code.

The Parthenon Code is available nationwide at Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Borders, and online at,, and Table of Contents, sample chapters, a Flash presentation of Parthenon Sculptures restored in color, and other details:

ISBN: 0-9705438-3-2
7x10 hardcover, 288 pp.
251 b&w illustrations, $29.95

Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.

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