Here is the script and visual aids that accompany episode #6 of a Bee In Eden on the Storytellers Campfire radio network. Our Show Slogan is: “Anticipating our future by remembering our past.” Show was heard LIVE Monday, October 03, 2016 at 1PM/4PM PST/EST at BlogTalk Radio.
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Episode #6 – recorded October 03, 2016
Athena’s Silver Attic
Segment 1 (3 minutes)
Welcome to the next episode of a Bee In Eden. We’ve been connecting the dots through history that show how empires have been built, and then destroyed, by those Puppet Masters who lurk in the shadows of the temple, those priesthoods of credit who have trapped all mankind into subservient obedience to their version of prosperity and natural balance.
Today we will discuss more proof of these money-lending shenanigans during the rise of the Greek Empire. Today’s story picks up and overlaps with our earlier episode about the Judean Murasu family of money-lenders who integrated themselves into Babylonian life about 500 years before Christ. That earlier episode of a Bee In Eden, along with today’s show, can be followed at our show page of the SedonaDeb Blog. If you’re listening to this on YouTube, just follow the link found in the video description.
Winged sphinx from palace of Darius I at Susa (Shushan). Photo: Wikimedia Commons
As we mentioned earlier, the story that was revealed in the clay tablets that were excavated at Nippur, Babylonia drops off after telling us that the Murasu Family realized that they had made powerful enemies of their mortgage clients, the noble landowners of Persia. Those feudal lords basically gave away their land as collateral for loans they obtained from the Murasu Firm. Those loans paid for the weapons and army that were used by their man, Ochus, to unseat the king down at the palace of Shushan, or Susa. Ochus then became crowned as Darius II. But the noble landowners and the new king were saddled with hefty mortgages that pretty much left them forever indebted to the Murasu Firm.
If you were the CEO of the Murasu banking business, what would your next move be? Obviously you need to build protection around yourself. After all, if those landowners were willing to scheme against their king, they certainly wouldn’t hesitate to come after you, their banker, with torches and pitchforks. As usual, these clever banksters turned this challenge into opportunity. Now that they had a taste for the delights of international credit and finance, they set their sights on none other than the Temple of the goddess Athena, way down in Greece. Ironic isn’t it, that the Murasu Firm transferred its affection from the home temple of Inanna to yet another goddess figure in another land, Athena of Greece? Well, perhaps not so strange when you consider that these temples shared a common belief system and were doing business with each other based on lines of credit amongst each other.
We’ll take a quick break here and then we will rummage around the attic of the temple of Athena to see what we learn about the mysteries of empire building and money lending that are still scrawled in the dust on her floor. We’ll be right back.
Segment 2 (11 minutes)
And we’re back. To introduce today’s story about the silver money in Athena’s attic, I’d like to draw your attention to a news item that was published a couple of years ago. I have this linked within the companion blog for today’s show. The website LiveScience.com still carries a copy of this discovery by the title: Athenian Wealth: Millions of Silver Coins Stored in Parthenon Attic.
I’ll read you the first four paragraphs from the article and then we’ll stop to ruminate on the implications of the temple of Athena being used as an actual treasury. Quote:
Millions of silver coins may have been stored in the attic of the Parthenon, one of the most famous structures from the ancient world, a research team says.
The attic of the Parthenon is now destroyed and the coins would have been spent in ancient times. The researchers made the discovery by reconstructing the size of the attic, analyzing ancient records to extrapolate how large the reserves may have been and re-examining archaeological work carried out decades ago.
Their evidence suggests that millions of coins made up the cash reserves of the city-state of Athens and much of this hoard was stored in the attic of the Parthenon. During the fifth century B.C., when the Parthenon was built, Athens was a wealthy city-state whose people erected fantastic buildings and fought a series of devastating wars against their rival Sparta. This vast reserve of coins would have helped fund those endeavors.
….The coin reserves were likely placed there around 434 B.C., when the Parthenon was dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens.
Did you catch that? “This vast reserve of coins” enabled the city of Athens to engage in a long, devastating war against a rival city-state, Sparta. Hold that thought on the back burner for a minute. Notice also that the coins were placed there once the temple was dedicated to the goddess Athena.
Now notice that the researchers are puzzled over why so much money was stored here. Reading again from this same article:
Ancient records mention nothing about where on the Acropolis the coins were stored, nor do they reveal the purpose of the Parthenon’s attic. “The sources are silent on the use of this space,” said Pope at a presentation recently in Toronto….
However, there are several reasons why researchers believe the attic was used to store most of Athens’ immense coin wealth.
While the attic is now virtually destroyed, the remains of a staircase that would’ve led up to the attic still survive. This staircase appears to have had a utilitarian rather than a ceremonial use, suggesting it could have been used to bring coins to and from the attic.
Because the Parthenon was located centrally, people would’ve had an easier time securing and accessing the money there. And criminals would be less likely to steal the coins, as the Parthenon was a temple for Athena — meaning any theft from it would be considered a crime against the goddess.
And there you go. “Any theft from it would be considered a crime against the goddess.” My friends, this what the Banksters, back then and today, want you to believe. If you meddle in their affairs, or if you even question their assumed power of Money Creation, you are committing a crime against the goddess. Even though it was the sweat of your brow, YOUR productive efforts, along with the natural abundance of your earthly inheritance, that made it possible for that “money” to exist in the first place. They want you to believe that you have surrendered your productive value to a goddess, that you owe her a debt, and they, as the Bankster Priesthood, have a duty to administer this debt as mediator between you and their god.
I assure you that in an upcoming show of a Bee In Eden we will lay out the specific but twisted belief system they promoted to get your ancestors to believe this.
But there was another reason why the Banksters could not allow anybody to see exactly how much silver was in the temple. They were issuing false receipts whose total was far in excess of what was actually in the treasury for circulation into the general population. This is very similar to how paper dollars backed by nothing circulate in our own monetary system today.
Let’s reason on how we know that this practice of false money issuance was really happening in Athens. Remember the comment made in this article that researchers are puzzled over exactly what the use of this attic was for; the bankers were not very open about their activities. This same article does go on to quote from other sources that indicate that as many as 10,000 “talents”, or large bars, of silver could have been held in this attic.
If you have listened to the previous episodes of this show, a Bee In Eden, I think you can guess what those Temple Banksters were doing by hoarding such colossal sums of silver in the attic. Why, they were doing the same thing they do today: issuing credit lines and circulating fake money that was supposedly backed up by the physical mountain of coins up in Athena’s attic.
In other words, the physical treasury in the attic was storing 10,000 bars of silver, but the banker priesthood was issuing money, or really credit, to the tune of 20,000 or 30,000 or who knows? maybe 100,000 bars of silver. And why not? Nobody was going to come claim the actual coins because after all, “that belonged to the goddess!” Nobody gets to touch whatever belongs to the goddess. Just keep repeating those words, “In Athena We Trust.”
Do we have any proof that the temple banksters were really doing this?
Yes, we do have proof by a simple process of deduction. I refer again to a book that I have quoted often and which is available to you as a free PDF file in our show blog for Episode #1 of this radio show, The Babylonian Woe by David Astle, page 24.
The author mentions the long war fought between Athens and Sparta known as the Peloponnesian Wars. This was a conflict fought in segments over a ten-year time frame. Remember that the news article I just quoted from said that the treasury of the temple of Athena was used to fight that war.
But what that article failed to mention is how much the war cost. From other archives that detail the later expenditures of Alexander the Great in maintaining his own army, we know that the yearly maintenance of an army cost about 6,000 bars of silver. Note: this is 6,000 talents of silver PER YEAR.
Therefore, if the Peloponnesian Wars were fought over ten years, how much did they cost? It must have cost at least 60,000 bars of silver.
Now, friends, here is the key point. Listen carefully. The temple treasury of Athena is thought to have held the equivalent of 6,000 bars of silver. At the very most, it would have held 10,000.
So, if the war cost 60,000 bars of silver — but the treasury only held 10,000 bars — where were the extra 50,000 bars’ worth of money coming from?
My friends, it was coming from thin air, the same way the banksters create it today. They were issuing credit lines and fiat money to the warlords in many multiples of what was actually on hand in the treasury. But since nobody questions the Goddess, the banksters got away with it.
Additional proof is seen on page 26 of that book The Babylonian Woe by the fact that archaeologists have uncovered clay moulds that were used to create coins out of clay that circulated as fiat money, in much the same way that this country issues paper money which was, in the old days, backed by actual gold and silver in the national Treasury.
And that is what the author concludes: “In other words the clay facsimiles functioned in much the same manner as did bank notes over the last three hundred years in the Anglo-Saxon world; they were money, privately created and emitted.”
Folks, we’ll take our next break here. But let that thought sink into your brain. Communities suffered, thousands of soldiers lost their lives, economies were ruined in a long, drawn out war made possible by fake money creation by a handful of Banksters who likely finished the war with the same amount of silver coins that they started with plus a mountain of loan obligations owed to them from powerful kings and their generals.
Segment 3 (10 minutes)
So today we have learned that the wars between Athens and Sparta were financed by ten years’ worth of fake credit that was privately created and privately controlled by that banker priesthood who always seems to prosper after everybody else is dead.
I’d like to connect the dots here to our previous story about that Murasu finance company from Babylonia and this immense profit generated from the money-lending activities under Athena’s nose. Do we have any indication that those Judeo-Babylonian money changers were involved with the financial affairs down in Athens?
Yes, again, deductive reasoning points the way. As our previous episodes showed, the Murasu firm financed the bloody revolt that saw King Darius II come to the throne in Persia. A quick perusal of the Wikipedia article on his reign reveals that he was the man who helped ignite the conflict between Athens and Sparta.
Let me read you this paragraph from Wikipedia and linked within our show blog. Quote:
Darius II gave orders to his satraps in Asia Minor … to send in the overdue tribute of the Greek towns and to begin a war with Athens. To support the war with Athens, the Persian satraps entered into an alliance with Sparta. In 408 BC he sent his son Cyrus to Asia Minor, to carry on the war with greater energy.
Athenian coin bearing the likeness of its patron goddess, Athena (illustration: Wikimedia Commons)
And there you have it. King Darius II, who you may recall, was in debt to the Murasu Firm, demanded payment of overdue taxes and tributes from his vassal territory of Athens. To support his demand, the Persian king got Sparta to fight with him against Athens. Thus, once again, the perpetual cycle of debt, taxation, and war comes full circle. The Judeo-Babylonian money-lenders were laughing all the way to the bank as their balance sheets grew.
This credit-line scheme at Athena’s temple worked so well that it got recycled a hundred years later during Alexander the Great’s time. When that great but young conqueror died suddenly, his empire was divided among four generals. Naturally, these generals all had money managers. A man by the name of Philetaerus was the money manager for General Lysymachus. He also became ruler in his own right of the highly influential city-state of Pergamon, a city so revered in modern history that Hitler enjoyed a re-creation of her altar and a display of her artefacts at the Berlin museum.
I’d like to mention a fact about his life as detailed in Wikipedia and then show that he was yet another adept in that secretive priesthood of Credit Creators. Quote:
Though nominally under Seleucid control, Philetaerus, especially after the death of Seleucus, had considerable autonomy and was able with the help of his considerable wealth to increase his power and influence beyond Pergamon. There are numerous records of Philetaerus as benefactor to neighboring cities and temples, including the temples at Delphi and Delos. He also contributed troops, money and food to the city of Cyzicus for defense against the invading Gauls. As a result, Philetaerus gained prestige and goodwill for himself and his family.
During his nearly forty year rule, he constructed on the acropolis of Pergamon, the temple of Demeter, and the temple of Athena (Pergamon’s patron deity) ….
Here again we see a man who wields the magic of credit creation paying homage to the patron goddess of his treasury and temple, both Athena and Demeter.
If we refer to the book Babylonian Woe, page 144, we will quickly see the secret of his so-called wealth. This statement demonstrates the this cycle of private credit inflation backed by a much smaller reserve of physical metal was the engine that kept powering the rise and fall of powerful men.
Coin depicting Philetaerus on obverse and goddess Athena on reverse (Wikipedia)
Our author, David Astle, wrote:
Philetairos proceeded to use the treasure to which he had so masterfully established almost total right, with a skill which could only suggest training in the money shops of Babylonia, or Alexandria, or as close advisor, one so trained. The conception of the 9000 talents of treasure in itself being the sole maintaining force behind the extended power of Pergamum, would be quaint to say the least; as quaint indeed as the story of the 6000 talents of silver held in reserve in the Acropolis at Athens as the sole finances with which the Peloponnesian war was fought.…
It might safely be said that the money power which enabled Pergamum to secure controlling interest over the cities of Pitane and Cyzicus, was not drawn from what might be left of that store of 9000 talents …. It would have been part of a credit inflation which would have used the 9000 talents … as its base, and more than likely those interests holding the debt of the city of Pitane were themselves indebted by another ledger entry transaction to Pergamum.
Therefore my friends, this is how the story of the Murasu Family continued through history, beyond what we learned through their clay bookkeeping records, long after they died. We see evidence of men being “trained” in credit and finance up in those same mystery schools of Babylon and carrying their skills down south to Alexandria.
As an extra treat, in our show’s blog page I have posted a link to a history documentary about the city of Persepolis. You might enjoy the story after we all return to our beehives today. I was amused by a data point mentioned at the 16-minute marker of this video. It is another point that the book Babylonian Woe elaborates often, which is, that evidence of the continued influence of Babylonian finance throughout all the western world is seen by the fact that even in the rising power of Greece, the language of commerce and lending was Aramaic, not their native Greek language. Even the Babylonian standards in measuring weight of coins was retained.
In this history video, the multi-cultural empire of Persia kept a rule in their vast assembly hall. To keep the confusion of languages under control, it was required to speak Aramaic during these big conferences, even though this forced the Persians to learn a language that was not their native tongue! I just had to laugh that the city named for the original confusion of languages at the ancient Tower of Babel had now, by the time of the Persian empire, became the standard language of business which united far-flung lands in their trade and commerce.
Well, my fellow buzzing bees, the slant of the sun indicates that it’s time to return to the beehive. Many thanks to our sponsors and to Storytellers Campfire network for providing this stage that lets us unravel this continued history of Money Creation and empire-building. Soon we will talk about the propaganda these temple banksters promoted in the first place to get you to believe that you owe them something that they took from you.
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