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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, probabl
y 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 9 again. Read more

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 this blog, inside the article “Temple and Time”, I  mentioned the sixth book of Aeneid and made some allusion to the temple of Apollos, built by the famous inventor Dedalus. Here Aeneas spends some time admiring the doors of the temple where various mythological scenes are depicted. There are images about Androgeos’s death, the Athenians, Cecrops descendants , commanded to pay annual tribute of seven of their  youths , the Euboean shores and Pasiphae’s love and the Minotaur, the urn where the lots are kept and the Labyrint. There should have been also a representation of Icarus , but sorrow prevented Dedalus to give shape to his son’s death.Vergil tells us that Dedalus twice tried to fashion a depiction of his death in gold , but both times was overcome by emotion.  Soon after  this  moment of  contemplation ,  Aeneas prays the Sybil to be allowed to visit his father in the underworld.

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Temples and time: discovering their common root

 Temples as scale models of the universe  

Temples were often at the center of Latin and Greek life and poetry. So here is an old quotation from the poet Nevio. It is from the Latin writer Varro.

… where land’s semicircle lies, fenced by the azure vault.

Temples: when talking of them, people generally imagine a building for the worship of God, but the original meaning of the term is another.

Temples from earliest times 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 cosmic observatory.

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