Asterion, the starry Minotaur, Jorges L. Borges, the Labyrint and other.

…and the queen gave birth to a son who was named Asterion… Apollodorus Phalaris’s Brazen Bull Story goes that Phalaris, tyrant of Akragas, a Greek city on the southern cost of Sicily, in today’s territory of Agrigentum, commanded Perillos to invent and design a new torture  device for executing criminals. According to Diodorus Siculus, recounting the story in Bibliotheca Historica, Perillos of Athens proposed  to Phalaris a bull that was made entirely of bronze, hollow,[…]

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111, 333, 666, and many other curious digits. What are Demlo numbers?

The Earth map used in the UN flag: 33 sectors A grid, probably representing parallels and meridians, divides the Earth in 33 sectors. Another special number is 11, 33 being a multiple of it. You probably wonder what  it means and what relation have these numbers with the Earth. 33 appears immediately as a particular number, being a palindrome. Moreover 3×3=9;  33×3=99… another palindromic digit I like is the number 12321. If you sum all digits, you’ll obtain[…]

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The myth of Europa and Zeus, or the marriage of the Earth and the Sky

Daedalus, ut fama est, fugiens Minoia regna,….posuitque immania templa….hic crudelis  amor tauri suppostaque furto Pasiphae, mixtumque genus prolesque biformis Minotaurus  inest. Daedalus,  so the story goes,  flying the Cretan shore….built this boundless temple… here is the cruel bull’s love and the abduction of Pasiphae,…and the double  hybrid nature of the Minotaurus…                               From Aeneid, Book 6th In my first issue in[…]

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Temple and time

    … where land’s semicircle lies, fenced by the azur vault. Varro’s quotation from the poet Nevio When talking of a temple people generally imagine a building for the worship of God, but the original meaning of the term is another. From earliest times temples have been built as scale models of the universe. The first known mention of the latin word templum is by Varro (116-27 B.C.) for whom it designated  a sort of[…]

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