Sirius Rising: Greece, Egypt and the New Rome (UPDATE)

Poster art for the Cleopatra show. Kind of says it all, no?

Took a road trip yesterday to Phila(e)delphia to see the Cleopatra show, which was a bit of a letdown after the Tut extravaganza. If Zahi is being a bit miserly with the goodies found at Alexandria and Heraklion, the show more than made up for it in serving up the semiotic booty, particularly pertaining to the Sirius and Phoenix memes. We also saw the Mummies IMAX film, which was gorgeous but should be retitled Mummies: The Search for Annunaki DNA.

I'm not even half-kidding.

For my money, the real action has always been in the collision between the Greeks and the Egyptians in the wake of Alexander's conquest. Certainly that's where the Alchemical and Hermetic traditions took root, and many would argue Christianity as well. Alexandria gave rise to the greatest experiment in self-conscious syncretism, at least before Constantine. Cleopatra herself is the absolute embodiment of this ideal, though certainly the Greeks and Egyptians started god-swapping well before she hit the scene.

I've also been working on a post looking at the Egyptianizing of kids' entertainment (it's titled "Get 'Em While They're Young"). And sure enough there was a pack of kids at the exhibit gathered around a TV monitor showing the Delta Cycle in cartoon form, with Osiris and Horus in full-blown superhero mode. They showed the scattering of Osiris' body parts, sans one trenchant detail.

So what's this all about then? Well, I walked out of the Franklin Institute thinking only of three things: D, N and A. More on that later.

Here's a stunner for you. Apparently there was a package deal with this and the Cleopatra show. But if you're not in the Philae area, there's a walk-through online here. I think another roadtrip is in order. Those of us who've studied the Roman Empire are left breathless every day, just by reading the headlines. And these are the kinds of exhibitions that serve more as oracles than anything else.


UPDATE: You can't make this stuff up Dept.- Thanks to Reader Deb.


  1. C-Knowles,

    Have you seen any of TRUE BLOOD the HBO thing that attempts to ride the coat-tails of the TWILIGHT mania?

    It's really funny, and season two is overflowing with almost every talking point on the SECRET SUN check-list.

    also - Didn't ROME (the subject of another good HBO series) create an vast empire thru war, puppet leaders and brutal occupation? Rome was the classical influence that shaped our nation? Sure seems like it.


  2. The Sookie Stackhouse stories started in 2001 a few years before the Twilight series began. The True Blood Series is based on those novels so it may be more correct to state that Twilight followed True Blood mania. Not having read either of the series of novels I have found the True Blood series on HBO to be excellent.

  3. I've done stuff on TB here and here

    It the missus' favorite show.

  4. Interesting that the birth of the United States as a nation is dated in the month honoring Julius Caeser (July, renamed from quintus by Augustus Caeser) and his high patrician family the gens Julia.

    Does the date have any Masonic significance (Nemerological maybe as 7/4)? Weren't many of the founders high ranking Freemasons as well?

  5. No mention of underwater pyramids, but some interesting allusions nonetheless.

    Yahoo: "Gulf treasures under siege"

    "The Gulf is lined with wooden shipwrecks, American-Indian shell midden mounds, World War II casualties, pirate colonies, historic hotels and old fishing villages..."People think of them as being lost, but with the deepsea diving innovations we have today, these shipwrecks are easily accessible," said Steven Anthony, president of the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society."


  6. Chris: More from the "You can't make this stuff up Dept."?

    Meet Bina48, our new robo-golem overgoddess:
    NYTimes Video Link

    For starters, it's hard for me to hear the name Bina and not immediately start thinking of the Kabalistic Binah...She supposedly takes her name and form from an actual human, though (unavailable for the Times interview). Then I google the "TERASEM" Movement Foundation, and the strangeness really starts getting sticky. Motto: "Lives Are Good." Transreligion. Cyberconsciousness. Synchro-Destiny? Thoughts?

  7. Quick follow-up on that robot story, regarding the "better half" of Bina48's human analogue...


    (This is from Martine's visit to the Howard Stern show on March 1, 2007)

    Martine Rothblatt, the transsexual who invented satellite radio, stopped in and immediately said she was married to a woman for 25 years. Martine then said she was a “Bina-sexual,” explaining her wife, who is still with her, was named Bina, and she was the only person she was interested in sexually. Martine next acknowledged she got good grades in high school, and that she scored roughly 1300 on her SAT. Martine also mentioned her dream when she was young was to create “little satellites antennas that could fit on the tops of cars,” and that SIRIUS was the result of that dream.

  8. Chris,

    Have you watched Lost? The Egyptian theme your so fond of is fundamental to the show's metaphysics,especially the thematic similarities between Jacob/MIB or Set/Osiris and the whole point of the island as a mystical place/source aka the "Underworld"

  9. Chris,

    Re: the Egypt-tizing of youth, I've noticed for about three years that teenage girls have taken to wearing eye liner in thick gobs that look like Cleopatra, with the upturned arch at the outside of the eye. We had a neighbor whose daughter used to visit us occasionally and she was fond of this style.

    Funny, though, how I see it as a call to Egypt but everyone else who knew this girl associated it with her "looking cheap" or "like a whore." Cheap and Whore were not MY first thoughts. But when I brought up Ancient Egypt to those who thought the kid looked like a dime store hooker, they gave me a blank expression.

    One view. Two vastly different perspectives.