Gold «moved» the wheel of history for the two cities
By Theodoros An. Spanelis
According to Greek mythology, Zeus took the form of golden rain to be able to impregnate Danae and thus Perseus was born.Someone would think that such things only happen in the myths. But, sometimes myths come together with the scientific truth;It happened million years ago. The stars collapse and the augmentation of their density to an unimaginable extent caused the creation of heavy metals. Among those who forged in the kiln of their hot nucleus, there was also gold. That gold scattered like rain and a part of it reached the earth and some of it fell onto the Pangaion Hill and Lekani’s mountains (the hill east to Philippi) thus creating a thick golden grid of auriferous veins. Geological study of Pangaion estimated that the hill was formed approximately 300 million years ago, thus the scattered gold, penetrated in the form of veins in the shell of the geological core of the mountain, creating a golden grid around the harsh heart of the mountain.
Around the auriferous Pangaion Hill, two “super – local” centers will be developed in which the producing wealth is accumulated. They are two cities that when they “change hands” they also change names. At the eastern end Krinides is located, who will be renamed Philippi by the Macedonians and at the west the Ennea Odoi (Nine roads), who will be renamed as Amphipolis by the Athenians. Both cities will become big and they will gain prestige, wealth, glory and reputation that will last for centuries. The two cities will share the gold of Pangaion Hill and its rich myths, with their fame starting from its highest peaks reaching the Atlantic and India.
In the early Christian years, the only existing bishoprics in Eastern Macedonia are those of Philippi and Amphipolis that are subjected to the metropolis of Thessaloniki which is the reference point for the whole of Macedonia and the Southeastern Europe. Strangely, in both cities, in Philippi around the Roman Forum and in Amphipolis within the Acropolis, a large number of temples are being built, one close to each other, fact that still raises questions for the researchers.
For the end, I kept two images. The first one is one of the oldest portrayal of a horse.It’s a depiction that occurs very often at the Philippi’s rock paintings and it comes from the end of the Neolithic era. The second one is an image much younger, just of the end of 4th century B.C. that also shows two horses. It’s a part of the mosaic representation, located at the burial monument of Kasta (Amphipolis) Tomb, maybe one of the greatest moments of the mosaic art. Between those two images there is a conceptual link that brings Philippi and Amphipolis really close and that is that at the end what’s left in both cases is the hint of the horse’s worship in the area of Pangaion.
Επιτρέπεται η αναδημοσίευση του περιεχομένου της ιστοσελίδας εφόσον αναφέρεται ευκρινώς η πηγή του. Νόμος 2121/1993 και κανόνες Διεθνούς Δικαίου που ισχύουν στην Ελλάδα.