Saturday, December 10, 2016

ANTINOUS HOLLYWOOD STAR KELLY MANTLE
MAKES ACADEMY AWARD HISTORY



A Hollywood star of stage, screen and television who is the longtime boyfriend of ANTONIUS SUBIA, founder of the modern religion of Antinous, has made Academy Awards history ... by being in contention in both the male and female categories.

Best known for appearing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, KELLY MANTLE is making a splash this year with a role in comedy Confessions Of A Womanizer.

Kelly responded by tweeting "I am honored and humbled to be considered" on his TWITTER account.

Kelly is well-known on both coasts of the United States as a singer, composer, stand-up comedian and as a stage actor.

As a contestant on season six of RuPaul's Drag Race, Kelly is known to television viewers around the world.

Kelly and Antonius have been together since before the start of the Hollywood Temple of Antinous 15 years ago. 

Kelly has been an unending source of inspiration and support.

The film has put forward Kelly for consideration at the Academy Awards and, in a first, Kelly is up for both of the gender-segregated supporting role categories.

Director and writer Miguel Ali confirmed the news. He said: "The Academy Awards have confirmed that Kelly Mantle will be considered for both the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for his role in Confessions of a Womanizer ... this is in recognition of Kelly's androgynous identity.

"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in Oscar history that a person will be considered for an acting Oscar in both gender categories.

"Of course ... I hope we get Kelly nominated. Regardless, we are bringing spotlight to our androgynous and transgender community. I'm grateful for the path that has already been carved by transgender-androgynous-empowering Oscar-contending films like Tangerine and others.

"I firmly believe that our androgynous/transgender acting community is the most untapped resource in Hollywood. We need to bring them more attention, and by doing so, we will create more empathy for our androgynous/transgender brothers and sisters.

"I also couldn't be more impressed by the Academy Awards. What a wonderful institution.

"There is no doubt in my mind, that amongst Hollywood, they are doing everything they can to spotlight our androgynous and transgender community."

Although any film can submit an actor for consideration, actually landing a nomination is another matter.

The nominees are usually announced at the end of January.

Friday, December 9, 2016

THIS STUNNING VIDEO RECREATES
LOCATIONS IN HADRIAN'S LIFE


A stunning video by the ALTAIR4 team of 3-D archaeological recreations portrays locations in Emperor Hadrian's life.

The video shows portions of Hadrian's Villa, Nero's Golden House, the Acropolis in Athens, the Temple of Isis at Philae and Karnak in ancient Thebes....


Click HERE for more 3-D archaeological recreations.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

MALARIA RAVAGED ANCIENT ROME
DURING THE LIFETIME OF ANTINOUS



A close inspection of remains from the time of Antinous has revealed traces of malaria, hinting that a severe form of the disease was plaguing the citizens of ancient Rome.

Analysis of remains from three separate burial sites across Italy show traces of a virulent form of the malaria-causing parasite from as far back as the 1st and 2nd Century AD.

Scientists say the findings provide more information about the evolution of the disease, with the death toll potentially hitting the Roman Empire hard.

The fall of the Roman Empire has been attributed to a combination of factors, from failing crops to widespread political instability, but some suggest diseases such as malaria may have played a key role.

Previous research has indicated that malaria was a killer in ancient Rome.

The new DNA evidence adds more weight to the theory, pointing to a dangerous form of the disease which could have killed swathes of people.

"Malaria was likely a significant historical pathogen that caused widespread death in ancient Rome," said Hendrik Poinar, a geneticist and director of McMaster's Ancient DNA Centre, who led the study.

Researchers looked at remains from three Italian cemeteries dating back to between the 1st and 3rd century CE in Isola Sacra, Velia and Vagnari.

By analysing DNA extracted from their teeth of almost 60 adult and 10 child skeletons, the team led by McMasters University in Canada found evidence of a parasite which causes the most deadly form of malaria, associated with the highest rates of complications and death.

"There is extensive written evidence describing fevers that sound like malaria in ancient Greece and Rome, but the specific malaria species responsible is unknown," said Stephanie Marciniak, a former post doc at McMasters and now at Pennsylvania State University.

"Our data confirm that the species was likely Plasmodium falciparum, and that it affected people in different ecological and cultural environments."


Malaria has spread throughout southern Italy for centuries, including the virulent form of the disease.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

NEFERTITI SURVIVED THE FALL OF EGYPT
AND EVEN THE FALL OF THE 3RD REICH


AN alluring mystery has surrounded this famous bust of Nefertiti since its discovery on December 7, 1912, incredibly intact and sporting vibrant colours, after lying in forgotten in the sands since the tumultuous days at the close of the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaton, one of the most enigmatic rulers of all time.

It was found by a German archaeologist in the ruins of a sculptor's house at Tell el-Amarna ... 20 km south of ANTINOOPOLIS.

In 1913, the Ottoman Empire agreed to allow its finders, part-time German-Jewish archaeologist and full-time entrepreneur James Simon and his Prussian colleague Ludwig Borchardt, to retain possession of the bust.

The simmering controversy between Egypt and Germany boiled over anew when a German news magazine printed excerpts from documents which allegedly indicated Borchardt deliberately used subterfuge to "smuggle" the bust out of Egypt. 

The documents are not new to scholars, however, who say Borchardt and Simon did not need to be devious. 

Instead, the Ottoman Empire officials simply failed to appreciate the artistic value of the artefact.

Despite persistent rumors that Borchardt and Simon smuggled out the bust under a coating of mud, the plain truth of the matter is that Ottoman authorities failed to recognize the bust as a masterpiece. In those days, the stark style of the Amarna Period was not viewed to be as valuable as more traditional styles of other periods.

Borchardt and Simon, however, immediately recognized the bust's appeal to European tastes for Art Nouveau and other post-Victorian styles. They did indeed breathe a sigh of relief when the Ottoman authorities blindly gave their stamp of approval to their request for removal from Egypt.

Borchardt and Simon carted it off to Europe where Simon displayed Nefertiti prominently in his home in Berlin before later lending it to the Berlin museum and finally donating it in 1920 to the Berlin collection.
The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 spawned an Egypto-mania craze as well as the Art Deco style.

King Tut's treasures flaunted the "decadent" style of the late 18th Dynasty, and Nefertiti suddenly was a fashion trend-setter.

Crowds flocked to the Berlin museum in to see Nefertiti and shame-faced Egyptian authorities realized they had made a ghastly mistake a decade earlier.

"They suddenly realized that this bust, which had been dismissed as 'un-Egyptian' in 1913, was in fact one of the most exquisite examples of Egyptian art," the Berliner Zeitung newspaper quoted one expert as saying.

In 1933 the Egyptian government demanded Nefertiti's return - the first of many such demands over the decades to come. One of the many titles Hermann Goering held was premier of Prussia (which included Berlin) and, acting in that capacity, Goering suggested to King Fouad I of Egypt that Nefertiti would soon be back in Cairo.

But Hitler had other plans. Through the ambassador to Egypt, Eberhard von Stohrer, Hitler informed the Egyptian government that he was an ardent fan of Nefertiti:

"I know this famous bust," the fuehrer wrote. "I have viewed it and marvelled at it many times. Nefertiti continually delights me. The bust is a unique masterpiece, an ornament, a true treasure!"

Hitler said Nefertiti had a place in his dreams of rebuilding Berlin and renaming it Germania.

"Do you know what Im going to do one day? I'm going to build a new Egyptian museum in Berlin," Hitler went on.

"I dream of it. Inside I will build a chamber, crowned by a large dome. In the middle, this wonder, Nefertiti, will be enthroned. 

"I will never relinquish the head of the Queen," Hitler vowed. 

(Cartoon by ALLYSTERIO)

While he did not mention it at the time, Hitler envisioned more for the museum. There was to be an even larger hall of honour, with a bust of Hitler.

It was rumoured immediately after World War II that Hitler had commissioned a copy of the bust for possible handover to the Egyptians after a Nazi victory. 

American Allied art experts claimed they found two wooden crates in a salt mine south of Berlin where the German capital's museum art treasures had been placed by the Germans for safekeeping during bombing raids. The two crates allegedly contained identical Nefertiti busts.

But in post-war confusion, one of the crates got lost. The whereabouts of the "other Nefertiti" are unknown - assuming it ever existed to start with. 

From time to time over the years, there have been reports suggesting that the fake bust survived and that the genuine bust is lost. A recent documentary on Germany's ZDF television network revived that theory.

But a series of new CT scans come to the rescue. 

They prove once and for all that the bust on view in Berlin is indeed genuine. 

Whether there ever was a duplicate is now a moot point.

The exquisite limestone bust of Queen Nefertiti forms the focal point of the Berlin collection, which ranks among the top two or three collections in the world outside Egypt itself.


The British Museum, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan in New York are the only chief rivals to Berlin's collection, which spans all eras from the pre-Dynastic period all the way through to Roman times.

Hitler's dreams of a monolithic new Egyptian museum never materialized. Hitler and his mad dreams are long dead. But Nefertiti continues to smile serenely. As she has for 3,300 years. As if to say, this too shall pass. And I shall endure.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A VOYAGE TO PARADISE WITH ANTINOUS
ABOARD HIS CELESTIAL BARQUE



ALL those who believe in Antinous the Gay God hold a ticket for the Barque of Millions of Years. We will all be together, making our way towards the unseen Dark Star. This is a journey to paradise with Antinous...he will circle the Sun until the last one of us has boarded..and then we will set forth away into interstellar space until we reach his unseen star...which is a gateway to other worlds beyond.

Todos aqueles que acreditam em Antinous, o Deus Gay, têm um bilhete para o Barque de Milhões de Anos. Estaremos todos juntos, fazendo o nosso caminho rumo à Estrela Negra invisível. Esta é uma viagem ao paraíso com Antinous ... ele circundará o Sol até que o último de nós tenha embarcado ... e então iremos para o espaço interestelar até chegar à sua estrela invisível ... que é uma porta de entrada para Outros mundos além.

Todos los que creen en Antinous el Dios Gay tienen un boleto para la Barca de Millones de Años. Estaremos todos juntos, haciendo nuestro camino hacia la Estrella Oscura invisible. Esto es un viaje al paraíso con Antinous ... él circundará el Sol hasta que el último de nosotros ha abordado ... y entonces partiremos lejos en el espacio interestelar hasta que alcancemos su estrella invisible ... que es una entrada a Otros mundos más allá.


~ANTONIUS SUBIA

Monday, December 5, 2016

MEET SANTA'S HELPERS
KRAMPUS AND ANTINOUS/APOLLO


EVER wonder about the origin of Santa's reindeer? 

They echo Pan, satyrs and fauns who had their own festival in December.

December 5th and 6th is the ancient Roman feast of the Faunalia ... which ironically is still celebrated in Europe and Latin America by millions of children ... who get a visit from Santa and his horned helpers.

Millions of kiddies know that you put your shoe outside the door on the evening of December 5th and that St. Nicholas will fill it goodies on December 6th ... the Feast Day of St. Nicholas.

Children who have been good receive sweets and toys ... but children who have been naughty are punished by St. Nick's furry helpers.

What few people realize is that old St. Nick is related to Antinous/Apollo ... and his helpers are Pan and his hordes of satyrs and fauns. (Image: Faunalia by CARLOS BARAHONA POSSOLLO).

The pagan history shows that St. Nicholas is a vastly more complex being than most Christians could imagine, stemming from the Temples of Apollo and Artemis in Asia Minor (the birth country of Antinous) which would later be the birthplace of the mythical Nicholas.

The truth is that when you see a department store Santa, you are seeing only a composite being whose multitudinous composite aspects (many of them very dark and spooky) trace their origins back to the beginnings of mankind.

If you look very, very carefully, you will see the face of Antinous/Apollo shining through the centuries of folk customs under a variety of names including Santa, Sinter Klaas, das Christkind and Kriss Kringle.

In some parts of Central Europe, St. Nick goes from house to house on December 6th accompanied by a coterie that includes figures resembling Pan, Apollo and Artemis (Austrian Alps photo right).

 The legend of St. Nicholas begins in the Turkish town of Patara in Asia Minor which was also the birth land of Antinous. Patara was also the birth place of Apollo and a famous oracle was located there.

Apollo's sister Artemis also had a cult center in nearby Myra, where Nicholas grew up and allegedly became a "bishop." Myra's main cult was dedicated to Artemis Eleuthera, a distinctive form of Cybele, the ancient mother-goddess of Anatolia. She had a magnificent temple in Myra.

Unfortunately, St. Nicholas was zealous in his duties as bishop and took strong measures against paganism. The temple of Artemis and the Apollo oracle were among many other temples in the region that he destroyed. It is said that the very foundations were uprooted from the ground, so complete was its destruction, "and the evil spirits fled howling before him".

St. Nicholas was never officially canonized by the Church. He simply usurped the popularity of Artemis and Apollo and promoted his own reputation for being a protector and a giver of good things.

Antinous/Apollo more or less morphed into Old St. Nick, aka Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Sinter Klaas, das Christkind and Kriss Kringle.

And in a lot of places, Santa has several dark and scary sidekicks — all related to Pan, who also originated in Asia Minor.

In the Alps, Santa's helpers take the form of a demonized Pan who chases and abducts children who have been naughty. He is called Krampus and, thanks to the Internet, Krampus is becoming widely known in English-speaking countries.

In the Nordic and English version, of course, all that is left of Krampus with his horns and hooves and fur is the reindeer which accompany Santa's sleigh. 

In Holland, St. Nick is accompanied on December 5th/6th by a Moorish youth wearing a turban and fur-trimmed costume called Svarte Piet, who delights in teasing naughty children.

In English-speaking countries, prudish Victorians stripped Santa of all his impish devilry. Santa is nice to all and punishes no one. 

In Europe, Santa's Dark Side still prowls — marches defiantly, in fact. In a way, the Anglo-American Santa Claus was lobotomized by the Victorians so that he is only docile and sweet-humoured.

But to understand the REAL Santa Claus, you have to understand his Darker Side. You have to understand where Santa is coming from, literally....

He is composite spirit being who in English-speaking countries is called St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas. 

But the deeper you go back into the forests of Europe, the more differentiated this ancient being becomes so that you see his various component parts — including Antinous-Apollo — all competing against each other — sometimes morphing into each other.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE QUEER CASE OF THE QUEEN'S KNEES:
DID THEY BELONG TO NEFERTARI?



THEY have been on display in an Italian museum for decades, but after extensive new analysis, researchers say that a pair of 3,200-year-old limbs could well belong to Queen Nefertari, one of ancient Egypt's most famed beauties (not to be confused with Pharaoh Akhenaten's wife Queen Nefertiti).

To help solve the Mystery of the Queen's Knees, experts from around the world ran a series of tests covering radiocarbon dating, paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases), genetics, chemistry, and Egyptology.



The researchers' findings "strongly speak in favour" of the remains belonging to Queen Nefertari, they report. 

That's not a complete surprise, as they were discovered in her tomb in 1904, but this is the first time we've had actual scientific evidence.

"Nefertari is one of the truly great and important queens of Egypt and plays in the league of Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra," Egyptologist Michael Habicht, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, told Rossella Lorenzi at Seeker.

The Queen was the first wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, who reigned from 1279 BCE to 1213 BCE, and her body was laid to rest in the Valley of the Queens in a tomb known as QV66, where these mummified remains were found.

"The most likely scenario is that the mummified knees truly belong to Queen Nefertari," Habicht told Seeker. "We have the fact that the remains were found in her tomb, together with objects naming her alone and no one else."

The results of the research have now been published in PLOS ONE.

The only remaining question is: Where is the Lost Tomb of Antinous?