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Ancient History:

Typhon: A Chronology of the Holocene Period
(continuously updated)

Part I: Alignment of Hebrew, Egyptian, and Assyrian King-lists
Introduction  The Patriarchs and the Pharaohs Chapter One  Solomon and Shoshenq
Chapter Two  Joseph and Thutmosis IV Chapter Three  Children of Merneptah―Moses, Miriam, and Seti II
Chapter Four  Judges of the Pharaoh Chapter Five  Abraham and the Kingdom of Ugarit
Chapter Six  Ham, Shem, and the First Dynasty of Babylon Chapter Seven  Jewish Kingdoms―Israel and the House of David
Chapter Eight  Adam and Atlas―Eden and the Fall of Atlantis

Chapter Nine  Seth and Typhon―Identifying the Agent of Destruction

Chapter Ten  Noah and Menes―The Ark at Thebes Chapter Eleven  Sargon, Naram-Sin, and the Egyptian Seventh Dynasty
Chapter Twelve  Tangled Bloodlines Chapter Thirteen  The Hyksos and the Hebrews
Chapter Fourteen  The Phaistos Disc and the Early Kings of Crete  
Part II: After the Sack of Rome
Chapter Fifteen  AD 429―The Rise of the Pendragons Chapter Sixteen  Twilight—AD 536
Chapter Seventeen  AD 854—Pope Joan Chapter Eighteen  1066—The  Norman Conquest and the Orbit of Halley's Comet
Chapter Nineteen  1487—Leonardo in the East Chapter Twenty  1593—"Shakespeare" and Marlowe
Part III: The Golden Age
Chapter Twenty-One  4375 BC—Orion in India Chapter Twenty-Two  6369 BC—Gemini in Bosnia
Appendix A  Alignment of the Sothis of Pseudo-Manetho with Josephus and Manetho Appendix B  Alignment of Diodorus with Eratosthenes, Herodotus, and Manetho
Appendix C  Origins of the Tarot Deck (downloadable pdf files) Appendix D  The Indus Valley Kings, from Surya until Takshac


Recent Changes:

+ November 11, 2013: I believe I have solved the problem of the disparity between the traditional dating of the Bharata War (ca 3100) and the historical (retrocalculated) dating (between 1450 and 950 BC) discussed in Chapter Eleven. The problem appears to have arisen from the confusion of Sargon with Takshac, both foreign invaders, the former near 2317 BC and the latter near 563 BC, thus distorting the chronology by approximately 1750 years. I have also been adjusting the early reaches of the major table in Chapter Eight. There appears to be a link between the cometary event of 6267, the 8.2 Kiloyear Event, the beginning of the Age of Gemini, the building of the triangularly arranged pyramids in Bosnia, and the beginning of the Aditi Era in India; the stars Castor and Pollux (α & β Geminorum), as I have just learned, having been associated with Aditi, mother of the Adityas, according to Allen (1963). Beyond this, the fact that there still exist myths and legends concerning the beginning of the Age of Gemini suggests the fascinating possibility that we may find actual references to the building of these gargantuan structures in the writings of the Romans and Classical Greeks. One wonders why Semir Osmanagich attempts to date the Visoko pyramids before the last glacial period. Is 8000 years ago not far enough beyond the accepted paradigm? No, these are not from the "Time Before." These are from the Golden Age, about which more later.

+ November 15, 2013: It is beginning to look like Ramachandra in the list of Solar Kings marks the beginning of Late Harappa Culture in the Indus Valley and that the discontinuity resulted not from an "Aryan invasion" but from the approach of Typhon circa 1877 BC, though, as always, there were forces waiting in the wings for just such an event. In the final analysis, it looks like the story of the Bharata War has been confused with and merged with later events and that both the traditionalists and S. R. Rao, who places the submergence of Dwaraka between 1900 and 1700 BC, are partially correct.

+ November 26, 2013: I see that the recent radiocarbon dating of the earliest level of the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini places the earliest Buddhist temple circa 550 BC, in line with its association with the cometary event of 563. That being said, assuming a number of years for the development of this phase of the religion, it looks like the dates for the Jain Mahavira, 599–527, are closer to the archaeological facts than those for the Buddhist Siddhartha.

+ December 29, 2013: It is beginning to look like Rao's association of the Indus cursive script with the Phoenician alphabet is at least partially correct, though it is not obvious yet whether the Harappans took over the Phoenician system in toto or whether they used the same method to construct their own system. It is almost certain, though, that Rao is wrong about the alphabet migrating from the Indus Valley to Canaan and not in the opposite direction, Rao never having known about the zodiacal origin of the alphabet.

+ January 31, 2014: It occurred to me that the missing kings from the Indian Solar king-list were actually the purported son of Icshwaca and his descendants from Némi to Kritaja. Only when I placed them in this position did it become obvious that Arishta Némi (or Black Nemi) was Neminath, the 22nd Jain tirthankara, and Némi was his predecessor Naminath or Nami Nath, the 21st tirthankara. This would make the Indian only the 3rd complete king-list from the ancient world beginning in the time of Menes, along with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian lists, and strongly suggests that these kings were the rulers of the Harappan or Indus Valley civilization. The complete list from Menes until Takshac may be found in Appendix D. I am also beginning to suspect that Adinatha, the first tirthankara of the Jains, and Adi-Buddha, the Primordial Buddha of Esoteric Buddhism, are both the Addi of the list in Luke, the Atlas of the Greeks, the Adamu of the Assyrians, and, of course, the Adam of the Hebrew bible.

+ February 21, 2014: I notice that Neferhotep I of the 13th Dynasty has been identified with the Egyptian king to whom Yantin Hammu of Byblos gave homage shortly after the death of Shamshi-Adad I of Assyria. This places the rule of Neferhotep around 1730 BC, in line with William Albright, and suggests a longer rather than a shorter 2nd Intermediate Period, in line with the current reconstruction. I have also transferred the nine kings from Eratosthenes beginning with Myrtæus Ammonodotus and ending with Penteathyris from the 11th to the 10th Egyptian Dynasty, suggesting the identity of the fragmentary Mer[...] from the Turin Royal Canon with Myrtæus, the fragmentary Shed[...] with Shitikabere of the Phaistos Disc, and Djedkare Shema of the Abydos List and Phaistos Disc (Shime) with the Semphrucrates of Eratosthenes. This places a second Egyptian on the throne of Crete after the death of Sargon and raises the possibility that Crete was ruled by the Egyptians during the entire 10th Dynasty.  It is not clear exactly how Eratosthenes translated (transferred is perhaps a better word) the names of the Egyptian kings into Greek, though it looks like, at least in the case of the 10th Dynasty, he took the nomen of the Egyptian king and found a similar sounding though not necessarily related Greek word and followed it with a descriptor, such as "Tyrant."

+ March 11, 2014: I have made a slight modification to Chapter Eight. It turns out that there is indeed archaeological evidence of habitation at Athens as early as 5000 BC, long before Solon's date for its founding, circa 3565 BC (9000/3+565). This would place the founding of Athens near the date given in the Relaciones of Ixtlilxóchitl for the creation of the world by Tloque Nahuaque (4911 BC).

+ March 18, 2014: I have made some minor modifications to the final sections of Chapter Twelve. It appears that the story of Mary, the daughter of Eleazar mentioned by Josephus, who made a burnt offering of her son, was the daughter of that same Eliezer who was the father of Jose and the grandfather of Er in the genealogy from Luke. This reinforces my suspicion that at least some of the elements of the story of Jesus are even older than the story of Zeus, the purported father of King Minos.

+ April 28, 2014: I have made some minor modifications to the entries for the 10th Dynasty of Eratosthenes in the table of Egyptian kings in the section "Decoding Manetho" in Chapter Eleven. Based on the Turin Papyrus and on Eratosthenes, it looks like there were in fact 9 kings in the 10th Dynasty. The further seven kings from the Abydos List and the final 10 from Manetho remain unidentified. UPDATE, June 15: It appears that the final 3 kings from the Abydos List are actually Intef I, II, and III of the 11th Dynasty, bringing the remaining 13 kings from the 10th Dynasty in line with the Turin Papyrus and suggesting that Eratosthenes is missing the final 4 kings from the 10th Dynasty.

+ May 3, 2014: I have made some minor modifications to the entry for 4375 BC in the master chronological table in Chapter Eight based on The Orion of B. G. Tilak, who appears to have been the only one who ever managed to draw reasonable conclusions from the nakshatra data in the Rigveda and the Brahmanas. Godfrey Higgins thought that 4400 marked the beginning of the Age of Taurus, whereas Tilak calls the succeeding age the "Orion period," marked by the nakshatras Mrigaçiras and Ardra, the stars λ,φ1,φ2 Orionis and α Orionis respectively. This is also the "Year Zero" of Hamlet's Mill, when the ancients believed the precession of the equinoxes had begun, when Amlodhi's Quern began to grind out salt. Tilak's position is that the earliest manifestation of the nakshatra system referred to the actual zodiacal stars and not to a synthetic system of 27 or 28 evenly spaced asterisms. I have also added the names of the Indian asterisms in the blue and gray table in Chapter Nine in order to clarify the argument in the upcoming Chapter 20.

+ July 13, 2014: Work on Chapter Twenty is progressing at a snail's pace. I finally managed to extract a usable table of Indian asterisms and approximate dates when they marked the vernal equinox using the tables in Burgess (1978) and the illustration published by de Santillana in the 1st edition of Hamlet's Mill. One interesting possibility has presented itself. If Bal Tilak is to be taken seriously, he may have discovered the reason why the Harappan civilization is not mentioned in the Rig Veda. According to Tilak, the Rig Veda describes events that occurred when the vernal sun was in Orion, before 4000 BC, a good thousand years before the Harappans even appeared on the stage of history. This would also tend to explain how the Harappans could speak Old Indo-Aryan as suggested by S. R. Rao, since they very well may have been the descendants of those very same Aryan invaders mentioned in the Indian religious text.

+ August 7, 2014: I have been looking at the controversy over the authorship of the works of Shakespeare in the hope of finding some connection between the comet of 1592 and the plays that might shed some light on exactly when they were written, before or after the supposed death of Marlowe. So far, all that seems likely is that the mention of the comet in Henry VI, Part 1, first performed sometime near 1597, is a reference to Typhon. The real question is whether the author of the plays, whoever he turns out to have been, was the avatar or genius of the age. I find it interesting that there is a suggestion that Marlowe never died, at least in 1593, resembling the legends about Arthur and about Socrates among others. Beyond this, there is the notion that some of the avatars were either legitimate heirs to the throne or alternative claimants. This certainly does not fit the broker from Stratford on Avon, but does fit Edward de Vere, another suggested author of the plays. So far, I have found no mention of any claims to godhood, as was believed about Pythagoras and the kings of Egypt, on the part of any of these folks. What does seem clear is that there were not two claimants to the position of solar incarnation at this time in British history, especially as their literary careers fall and rise almost precisely in the year of the comet. It occurs to me that Marlowe may not have fled to Italy after all, but simply took on the persona of Shakespeare of Stratford. There is at least one illustration of Shakespeare where he appears to be wearing a mask. In fact, we do not know what Marlowe looked like beyond a disputed painting found in his school.


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My uncle Harry A Franklin's wedding picnic, Fairmount Park, 1917 Grave of Yeshayah ben Avraham Halevi Hurwitz, ancestor of Shmuel Halevi Hurwitz of Vievis
Samuel, Rebecca, Nathan, and my father Harry Franklin, Philadelphia, late 1920s Lilly Davidow's farm in Vineland, New Jersey
My father Harry Franklin and Bella Weiss, sometime after 1917 Tombstone of my great-grandmother Fannie Frankel (Feige Frenkel), 1926?
Rose Franklin and some of the orphan children at the Daughters of Hannah Orphanage and Day Nursery in Baltimore, 1928―please scroll down slightly Photos of various members of the Bloom family and other Geffen descendants at Marjorie Goldberg's site―this is a slow loader with a 56K modem
More photos of the Daughters of Hannah "The Farm," Yaazor, Johnnycake Road, Baltimore County, 1920s
Photographs taken by my uncle Harry A Franklin at Guantanamo Bay and Caimanera in Cuba before the U.S. entered World War I. These photographs are being featured in the traveling exhibit of the Guantanamo Public Memory Project organized by Columbia University My uncle Harry A Franklin, "Swimming Hole" (Rodbell's term), Patapsco River, Yaazor, Baltimore County, 1920s. This photograph taken by my uncle, as well as the previous one, appeared in an article on Yaazor in the Baltimore Jewish Times of June 29, 2007
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William McDonough + Partners―The Thomas Jefferson of sustainable design―"Softypapa's" Shinto oriented Japanese craft site―includes an excellent selection of small Japanese tea cups
Moco Loco―A sharp eye on modern and contemporary design J-Life International—Japanese bedding including buckwheat pillows and much more
Apartment Therapy―Focused on apartment decor and renovation but applicable to any domestic design challenge JPstatus—American made Japanese style shikibuton foldable cotton mattresses.
Cherry Tree Design―American made Japanese style shoji screens and doors. Sadly, Cherry Tree appears to have stopped manufacturing lamps  
Tatami Room―a wide variety of Japanese decor items, including tatami mats and numerous shoji screens Local Baltimore-Washington Resources:
Haiku Designs―Chinese made Japanese style furniture and lighting  
Oriental Furniture―a good selection of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese furniture―unfortunately, light on wood identification Carling Nichols—18th & 19th century Chinese antiques at 1655 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Wash., DC―an unusual selection of eco-friendly imported Asian furniture Ginza―modern Japanese items at 1721 Connecticut Ave., NW, Wash., DC
Neko-Chan Trading Co.―hand-carved wooden and bronze statues, incense and burners, and Japanese stoneware East and Beyond―Japanese, Chinese, and Korean antiques at 6727 Curran St., McLean, Virginia
Greentea Design―Japanese and other Asian modern and antique furniture Joan Eve Classics & Collectibles—A small general interest shop at 8018 Main Street, Ellicott City, with a number of Japanese and Chinese items
Shoji Décor―paper lanterns in a wide variety of shapes and colors plus illustrated shoji blinds Rosewood City—Chinese rosewood furniture in Elkridge, MD
Now and Zen―home of the hardwood Zen Alarm Clock  
Stone Forest—Japanese and modern garden features and much more  



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