I intended to reread the Iliad (yes, I know, is a craving not very common), I wanted to get drunk with epithets, grandiloquent adjectives and having fun with the constant digressions, because that is really the grace of the oeuvre, it was a poem created not to be written but in order to be recited, so that if we cut out the entire lyrical frame from Homer designed to mow down with his parabolic rhetoric and ruthless synonymy the audience, the plot fits in a relatively short manual, from ten years of war, only it is narrated the last one. (By the way, most people when hear about Homer must probably think in that of “the Simpsons”, but when I imagine the figure of Homer, is presented to me like that troglodyte from the tale “the immortal” by Borges, I do not know why).
I wanted to escape the aura of diffuse reality that emanate the Egyptian and Mesopotamian mythologies (which is what I have been reading recently), I wanted to vaccinate myself against the mistery of the primordial times, soaking myself with the cheeky humanity of the Greek gods, but nothing more I start, I stumbled over a mention about the myth of Hephaestus that it intrigued me: apparently trying to defend to Hera during one of her usual quarrels with the whipper-snapper Zeus, this time because of Heracles, the chief of the gods caught to Hephaestus from the leg, throwing him with so needle than he was flying the entire day until it crashed in Lemnos (he had to go round several times around the earth before dropping, I guess) where he was immediately picked up by the Sinti, who then inhabited that island in the Aegean. Curiosity led me to find out more about the Sinti, from whom I learned that they were Thracians, dedicated in ancient art of plundering neighbor peoples. The Greeks believed that the wind Boreas lived in Thrace, a region north, aside of the ancient Macedonia, further north there were the hyperboreans and in this place I left it, almost accidentally without realizing, I had returned to the mists of protohistory.
Mainly European, have been those who developed modern archeology, leaving aside the swindlers, mummies traffickers and plunderers of tombs, who were not lacking. Several wars and dark political and economic circumstances favored that the field of study were developed in Africa and the Middle East in general, the fact is that is amalgamated a new science, distancing from the mere collectionism. This is only a statement made lightly, in fact, copies of historical documents found above show that everywhere, in almost every age, have been made efforts to rescue from oblivion a multitude of texts, objects and so on., Hellenism probably marked a before and after, but there is no doubt that we have lost more than it has been preserved, The past such as a black hole, has swallowed everything, and only regurgitate a thin beam of particles, a few clues, unconnected fragments scattered here and there.
The work of historians and archaeologists is immense, and therefore also meritorious, what distresses me is the ridiculous level of knowledge about the origins of the own European cultures, which ranges between frankly little, nothing or almost nothing, depending on the region we choose. There is a official mainstream who heartbreakingly recognizes that with the current data, given the patchwork of tribes, the different types of pottery and varied lifestyles, European antiquity beyond Mycenae, is a pure gibberish of the highest order. None of the most eminent experts have a clear idea of what was happening on the European continent between 9000 and 4000 BP, talking about 5000 years of lost history, during which nothing seems to have passed, despite the enigmatic Dispilio´s Tablet, framed in the Vinca culture (which encompassing what later would be part of Thrace, Macedonia and Hyperborea) until the inexplicable general obsession by the megalithism at the end of this period. Nothing like Jericho, which was a walled city by 8000 before the current era has been found on European soil.
I understand that inside of the continent, climatic conditions, abundance of river basins, perhaps maintained a low rate of population rather dispersed and isolated in general, no doubt had trade routes, but probably did not begin to have decent roads until after the conquests of the Roman Empire.
It is likely that the European coasts were much more populated and would not surprise me that a few hundreds of meters deep, occur striking discoveries in the future, not only in Europe but throughout the world. The classical Greeks in their times did not know too much about what was happening inside the continent, for instance, Herodotus, in his days talking about the Hyperboreans, for example, in vague terms, almost mythic, yet Plato did not doubted the existence of an Athens before the current one but that was submerged, or of the Atlantis at the gates of the city of Cadiz. Once again, why the Europeans know so little of ourselves?, Especially when it is a fact that we pretend to know six times of everything.
By the moment, unfortunately, taking advantage of the vagueness of science about it, Hyperborea has become property of the Nazi esoteric pseudo-philosophy, largely thanks to Nietzsche, who ironically was a declared enemy of anti-Semitism, perhaps he should have thought better his stentorian statements, before that he went insane, or maybe he should have gone mad, much before, I do not know.